TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The State Division of Travel and Tourism would be transferred to an independent government agency under legislation receiving first-round approval in the Senate.
The bill would create the Kansas Tourism Corporation and transfer the division and its employees from the Department of Commerce. A final vote of approval sends the bill to the House.
The corporation would be appointed by a 13-member board, with nine members named by the governor and legislative leaders. The Travel Industry Association of Kansas would appoint the other four members.
Supporters say the change will improve the state's chances of attracting tourism.