You Oughta Know

Lawmakers' business interests tracked online

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The record: Statements of substantial interests lawmakers or their family members have in businesses.

Why you'd want them: To learn more about possible conflicts of interests and to learn more about the business interests of elected officials.

Where you get the records: From the Kansas Secretary of State's office. You will have to create a user name and password to access the reports online. Go to Then click on "Elections" and then on "Substantial interests."

How much it will cost: Registration is free, and viewing the reports is free.