TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A bill has made it out of the Kansas House Elections Committee that would require those running for state offices to be at least 18.
The proposal came about after six teens announced their plans to run for governor, and many law makers found out, there is no age requirement.
“All heads of state including the Lt. Governor and the Governor would have to be qualified electors and current definition and law means you have to be at least 18,” said Republican Representative Blake Carpenter of Derby.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office, who oversees the state’s election laws, is in favor of that portion of the bill. On the other hand, he is neutral to a portion of the bill that would create a residency requirement.
That part of the proposal would require candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor to live in the state for four years.
If approved, the changes wouldn't take effect until after this fall's election. The bill now moves on to the House for debate.