Amid probe, Kansas lawmakers move to overhaul ethics agency

Kansas’ ethics commission has been investigating Republican campaign activities for at least a year, and the GOP-controlled Legislature is moving to reduce the agency’s power and legalize practices apparently under scrutiny. Republicans backing a bill to overhaul the state Governmental Ethics Commission and rewrite campaign finance laws said Wednesday they’re trying to ensure fair treatment of the people and groups scrutinized by the commission. Documents filed in court over subpoenas issued by the commission indicate that it has been investigating whether Republicans funneled national GOP funds through various committees to legislative candidates in 2020 to avoid contribution limits.

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