TOPKEKA, Kan. (AP) Secretary of State Kris Kobach is having a tough time finding support for a plan that would allow the governor to distribute 12 big-game hunting permits at his discretion.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Kobach testified in support of the legislation this past week during a hearing before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
But committee chairman Larry Powell says there isn’t much support for it outside of Kobach’s office. The Garden City Republican says the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the governor’s office are against the change.
State wildlife officials currently distributes seven big-game permits a year one to each of its commissioners. The commissioners generally give them to conservation groups, which auction them off to support their missions.