Jeff Colyer on Government Reform
4-point plan to increase state government transparency
I will sign four executive orders, that take important steps to make Kansas government more transparent:
Transparency is key to better accountability and accountability is the key to real results. Let's make this happen.
Source: 2018 Kansas Inauguration/State of the State speech
, Feb 8, 2018
- First, we will no longer charge Kansans for open records requests of less than 100 pages.
Second, we will institute policies to ensure the Administration relies on official email accounts to conduct state business.
- Third, I will implement performance metrics for Cabinet Agencies so Kansans can see how we perform.
Fourth, we are launching a website to serve as a one-stop-shop for Cabinet Agencies to post open meetings, locations and materials.
Require voter identification for advance voting
Excerpts from legislation: Bill HB2019 regarding Voter Identification: After Jan. 1, 2010, any registered voter may file with the county election officer where such person is a resident, an application for an advance voting ballot.
The signed application shall be transmitted only to the county election officer by personal delivery, mail, or fax.
Excerpts from veto message: I cannot support creating any roadblock to prevent our citizens from adding their voices to
democratic discourse. HB 2019 seeks to solve a problem of voter fraud which does not exist, due to the tireless efforts of our local election officials. The needless, additional identification requirements of HB 2019 will only work to disenfranchise
many of the electorate.
Legislative outcome: Rep. Jeff Colyer voted YEA; Bill passed House 67-56-2; Bill passed Senate 27-3-10; Vetoed by Gov. Sebelius May 18
Source: Kansas legislative voting records: HB 2019
, May 6, 2008
Page last updated: Sep 22, 2018