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Minutes for HB2297 - Committee on Transparency and Ethics

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Concerning requirements of publication of certain documents by the secretary of state; relating to session laws, the Kansas register, proposed amendments to the constitution of the state of Kansas, and Kansas administrative rules and regulations and guidance documents.

Minutes Content for Wed, Mar 17, 2021

Chairperson Bowers opened the hearing on HB2297.  Jason Long, staff revisor, presented a briefing on the bill. 

Katie Koupal testified in support of HB2297.  Ms. Koupal's testimony stated the bill allows the Secretary of State to move forward on modernizing the publication responsibilities of the office and to provide additional publication offerings.  Ms. Koupal indicated the bill has four key provisions and provided a description of each provision.  Ms. Koupal addressed questions from Committee members. (Attachment 1)

Mark Eaton testified in support of HB2297.  Mr. Eaton's testimony stated Envision is a not-for-profit that provides employment, workforce development and rehabilitation services for people who are blind or visually impaired.  Mr. Eaton indicated they would like to continue to be able to bid on the Secretary of State's printing projects with the opportunity to be one of the commercial bidders on printing going forward. (Attachment 2)

Written testimony in support of HB2297 was submitted by:

Eric Stafford, Vice President of Government Affairs, Kansas Chamber (Attachment 3)

Gary Plummer, President and CEO, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce (Attachment 4)

Emily Bradbury, Executive Director, Kansas Press Association (Attachment 5)

Natalie S. Bright, on behalf of the Coalition for Opportunity (Attachment 6)

Chairperson Bowers closed the hearing on HB2297.