Old tech has third of Kansas lawmakers’ disclosures offline


CORRECTS FROM ABOUT HALF TO ABOUT A THIRD – FILE – In this June 9, 2020, file photo Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab speaks to reporters while touring a business in Topeka, Kan. Schwab’s office says old technology is keeping it from scanning and putting online about a third of the annual financial disclosure forms filed by state lawmakers. (AP Photo/John Hanna File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A review of records by The Associated Press shows that Kansas residents who want to learn about their state legislators’ financial interests have about a 32% chance of not finding the information online.

To see a report that’s not online a resident must visit or call the secretary of state’s office in Topeka.

Secretary of State Scott Schwab’s office says the issue is that about a third of lawmakers file the disclosures on paper rather than online, and outdated equipment prevents staff from uploading the forms to the computer system that can be quickly accessed by voters.

An office spokeswoman says they’re working on the issue.

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