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The record: Administrative and criminal proceedings by the Kansas Securities Commissioner's Office.
Why you'd want them: To learn more about actions the office has taken to protect Kansas consumers and to find out whether someone with whom you do business has been in trouble with the agency.
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Where you get the records: From the office's Web site, www.securities.state.ks.us. Click on the "Administrative and Criminal Proceedings" link on the left side of the home page. Then search by year.
How much it will cost: The information is free.