A House committee approved legislation Wednesday to eliminate the Kansas secretary of state's authority to prosecute alleged election crime and refer evidence of potential crimes to county prosecutors or the attorney general.
Secretary of State Scott Schwab and Attorney General Derek Schmidt urged the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee to bring an end to the work initiated by Kris Kobach, who secured the prosecutorial authority.
Kobach, who left office in January, said he needed the power because local prosecutors often ignored election fraud.
The committee declined a proposed amendment by Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita, to require only "credible" allegations of misconduct to be forwarded to the attorney general and county prosecutors.
However, House Bill 2042 was altered to require the secretary of state to refer to both authorities rather than limit the referral to the attorney general or county prosecutor.