Kansas Senate Approves Election Fraud Bill

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate is willing to give Secretary of State Kris Kobach the power to prosecute election fraud, but it also wants him to abolish his political action committee.

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that includes both policies. The 31-9 vote sent the measure to the House.

The Republican secretary of state has sought the authority to prosecute election fraud cases since he took office in January 2011. Kobach argues that county prosecutors are often too busy to pursue such cases.

But senators voted 23-17 to add an amendment barring the secretary of state from having a PAC that gets involved in partisan campaigns. The secretary of state is Kansas' top elections official.

Kobach formed his own PAC last year.

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