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The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission is a nine member, bipartisan, citizen commission authorized by K.S.A. 25-4119a. Members serve a two year term with the Commission's Chairman appointed by the Governor. The Vice-Chairman is appointed by the membership. Commission appointments are made by the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, President of the Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority Leader in the House. Not more than five members of the Commission can be members of the same political party and the two members appointed by the Governor can not be members of the same political party.

The Commission usually meets once a month. The Commission's meetings are open to the public and information prepared by the staff for each meeting is available to the public. Meetings are scheduled to address a variety of matters including the review of complaints filed and investigations undertaken, the issuance of advisory opinions to answer questions involving interpretation of a particular section of the law, making policy decisions, amends and adopts new administrative regulations, and handle administrative matters including personnel, budget preparation, office procedures, etc.

The staff of the Commission assumes all responsibility for the daily operations of the agency which include administration, legal, investigative, audit, information technology, and clerical functions. As a service oriented agency, staff strives to assist individuals in complying with applicable laws by responding quickly, efficiently and impartially. Commission staff also work diligently to get campaign finance and lobbying data compiled, entered and posted on the Internet to be viewed by citizens of Kansas.

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