Division of the Budget
Landon State Office Building Phone: (785) 296-2436
900 SW Jackson Street, Room 504 adam.c.proffitt@ks.gov
Topeka, KS 66612 Division of the Budget http://budget.kansas.gov
Adam Proffitt, Director Laura Kelly, Governor

March 10, 2021

The Honorable Elaine Bowers, Chairperson
Senate Committee on Transparency and Ethics
Statehouse, Room 223A-E
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Dear Senator Bowers:
SUBJECT: Fiscal Note for SB 260 by Senate Committee on Ways and Means
In accordance with KSA 75-3715a, the following fiscal note concerning SB 260 is
respectfully submitted to your committee.
SB 260 would require any candidate or officer holder upon written request from an
individual or organization to remove endorsements of that individual or organization from the
candidate or officer holder’s website and all social media within 90 days of the receipt of the
request. A candidate or office holder who violates the above provision would be liable for a civil
penalty of $500 for each violation.
The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission states the Commission at times does not
assess penalties or fines in scenarios where a candidate has attempted to comply in good faith and
corrected the error once notified. Additionally, the Commission indicates it does not know how
often a violation of the bill’s provisions would occur. According to the Commission, enactment
of SB 260 would have a negligible fiscal effect on agency operations.


Adam Proffitt
Director of the Budget

cc: Mark Skoglund, Governmental Ethics
Sandy Tompkins, Office of the Secretary of State

Statutes affected:
As introduced: 25-4156