A House panel has revived legislation to hand prosecutorial powers to the Secretary of State’s Office – something the current officeholder, Kris Kobach, badly wants so he can go after what he perceives to be an epidemic of voter fraud in the state. This is a bad idea, which is why lawmakers wisely have dragged their feet on the bill so far. The partisanship Kobach exhibits, including on his radio show and by trying to influence the outcome of elections with his political action committee, is reason enough to deny him that power. But as Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe testified earlier this year on behalf of the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, expanding the secretary of state’s duties to include prosecution is “bad public policy,” redundant and wasteful. – Rhonda Holman
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