The Kansas Senate disregarded the objections of the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association and others in voting this week to give Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office prosecutorial powers. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, argued during the floor debate that such powers are unneeded and potentially dangerous. “No other secretary of state in the country has this power,” he said. Yet 23 senators supported the power grab. To their credit, area Sens. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita; Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick; Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita; and Dan Kerschen, R-Garden Plain; were among the 17 who opposed the bill. – Phillip Brownlee
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