Thursday, May 10, 2012
Secretary of State Kris Kobach is conceding that Kansas legislators have effectively killed his proposal to require first-time voters to provide proof of citizenship starting next month.
Kobach acknowledged Thursday his bill is dead because Senate President Steve Morris assigned it to a hostile committee instead of allowing an up-or-down Senate vote after the measure passed the House.
Kansas already has a proof-of-citizenship rule for people registering to vote for the first time in the state, but it doesn't take effect until January. Kobach wanted the rule in place by June 15.
The House passed one version of Kobach's proposal in February, but it stalled in a Senate committee. House members passed a new version Wednesday, hoping senators would take a quick vote.