Smith: Not a Drop to Drink

Kansas’ farmers help feed the world, but the water level is falling in the High Plains Aquifer that irrigates Western Kansas and neighboring states. We have known about this for some time but not passed effective policies to manage the water. It’s time for action, wrote Michael Smith in last week’s column.

Smith: Lobbyists Have Too Much Influence Over Writing Legislation

Lobbyists have a right to influence legislation, but in today’s Kansas and other legislatures, they are increasingly taking over the process of actually writing it. This is bad for democracy and leads to bad policy, wrote Michael Smith in last week’s column.*

*Note: To clarify, the Kansas Revisor of Statutes does write the final language of bills and amendments considered by the Kansas Legislature. However, Dr. Smith stands by his point about lobbyists having too much influence over the process.