Republican gubernatorial candidate Wink Hartman proposed an ethics reform package Wednesday that would limit elected officials to serving eight years in office and address controversy created when people quit government jobs to become lobbyists.
Hartman, a Wichita businessman, said he also would prohibit staff members on the government payroll from engaging in Kansas election activity.
“Kansans deserve better government,” he said. “Career politicians have rigged the system against taxpaying Kansans, living off a culture of corruption.”
He advocated closure of loopholes allowing Kansas politicians to hold lobbying contracts with school districts, cities or counties in a manner that could be viewed as a conflict of interest. He recommended a four-year waiting period before former politicians could become a registered lobbyist.
Hartman’s agenda featured limitations on use of private email servers by government officials who seek to dodge provisions of the Kansas Open Records Act. Transparency ought to be a high priority, he said, because Kansans deserve to “see firsthand what is being done behind closed doors.”
“Career politicians have turned Topeka into a corrupt, tax-hiking embarrassment,” Hartman said.