Bill to end Kansas Senate leadership PAC advances

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas Senate committee is recommending passage of a bill that would abolish a political action committee led by moderate Republicans that was involved in 2012 elections.

The Senate Ethics and Election Committee voted Wednesday to advance the bill. The PAC was led by former moderate Republican Senate leaders, including Senate President Steve Morris.

Funds remaining in the PAC’s treasury would have to be disbursed to the Republican Party, returned to donors or used for other purposes when the organization ceased to exist.

Morris was ousted in 2012 in an election cycle that swept conservative Republicans into power. The bill was introduced during the 2013 session but failed to advance out of committee.

Future PACs would have to be a subgroup of the state party.

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