Brownback signs bills repealing old Kansas laws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback has signed his first batch of bills that repeals a number of Kansas laws identified by his administration as outdated.

The four bills signed Thursday were the first group to make it to the Republican governor's desk out of 51 individual statutes recommended for removal. He was joined by Secretary of Administration Dennis Taylor, who has been assigned to identify specific items for repeal.

Brownback created the repeal office within Taylor's agency in 2011, saying there was a need for the state to identify and remove statutes and regulation that were unnecessary and viewed as an impediment to government efficiency.

The governor said Thursday the changes would streamline licensing and application processes so the state can focus on growing business and families.