Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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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.
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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 www.kssos.org. Then click on "Elections" and then on "Substantial interests."
How much it will cost: Registration is free, and viewing the reports is free.