Which direction will state go on ethics?

Gov. Sam Brownback wants to cut funding to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission by 9.3 percent, and some lawmakers want to curb the commission’s authority. But at least one state lawmaker wants to strengthen ethics rules and enforcement. Sen. Jacob LaTurner, R-Pittsburg, has proposed a reform package that includes term limits (two terms for Kansas Senate and four terms for Kansas House), restrictions on nepotism and lobbying (lawmakers must wait a minimum of two years after leaving the Legislature before doing lobbying work), and additional open-government laws and restrictions (such as limiting how much government bodies can charge to fulfill open-records requests). “The people of Kansas, I am confident, support every provision in this legislation,” LaTurner told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “Every bit of it. It’s going to be a question of if the legislators in Topeka have the courage to regulate themselves.”