Kan. lawmakers fail to expand sec of state’s power

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has failed to gain authority he’s sought to prosecute election fraud allegations because the state House rejected a bill containing the proposal.

The House’s vote of 64-45 early Sunday was against compromise legislation drafted by House and Senate negotiators.

The two chambers approved similar versions of Kobach’s proposals earlier this year. However, negotiators tied new authority for his office to another measure on the collection of DNA samples from criminal suspects.

Some GOP conservatives said collecting such samples from suspects violates their civil liberties and opposed the package.

Other House members didn’t want to give Kobach the expanded authority.

Kobach has argued that state and local prosecutors often aren’t aggressive in pursuing election fraud allegations because they have numerous other cases.

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