Jan 30, 2023

Waggoner: Elections committee will have work this session

Posted Jan 30, 2023 11:35 AM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Republican Rep. Paul Waggoner is the Vice Chair of the House Elections Committee this session and there are several bills that committee will hear, even though Kansas elections have a lot of security measures in them already.

"We had a bill we just heard regarding having a runoff election for state offices, which maybe has some merit, but kind of fell flat," Waggoner said. "There are bills coming up that we are having hearings on regarding whether mail in ballots should have to arrive on election day or just be postmarked by election day."

Also, the Elections committee is going to try to make mailers on candidates need to give more information on who the ads are about.

"When you have these outside groups basically sending a mailer for one candidate, as long as they don't use that candidate's name, there's like eight words that they have to avoid using, they can actually send it, without having to identify themselves," Waggoner said. "That, you know, it's not dark money, but those outside PAC groups, that's definitely an issue that's coming up."

The elections committee meets twice a week during the legislative session prior to turnaround.

CLICK HERE to download the Hutch Post mobile app.
CLICK HERE to sign up for the daily Hutch Post email news update.