You Oughta Know

Find out officials' business interests

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The record: Filings of substantial interest for elected and appointed officials.

Why you'd want them: To learn more about business interests that officials have and potential conflicts of interests that might occur.

Where you get the records: From the Kansas Secretary of State's Office, www.kssos.org. Click on the "Elections and Legislative" link, then on "Substantia lnterests" and then on "View SSI." You will need to create a free account with a user name and password to access the information.

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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