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Elections iconSubstantial Interest Help

To assist you in completing your Statement of Substantial Interest (SSI) the following is helpful information on each section of the SSI form. If you need further assistance, please contact our Elections Division at (785) 296-4557.

Section A-B: Name & Position

Self explanatory. See K.A.R. 19-41-3(a).

Section C

The value or percentage of a business interest is to be determined at the time of the required filing. The value assigned to a holding is the fair market value. Ownership of other stocks and shares, including traded and closely held stocks shall constitute legal or equitable interest for the purpose of this section. In addition all retirement accounts and mutual funds must be listed. In reporting retirement accounts and mutual funds include the name of the entity that holds the retirement plan assets or mutual funds and not the specific holdings of that plan, unless the holdings are specifically owned in the individual’s name. Business interests include, among other things, property held for rental, farming, commercial purposes and ownership of mineral rights. Also included are businesses operated out of your home which require a tax identification number. The address reported for land without a street address should include the rural route, town and state or township, county and state. For the purpose of this section, certificates of deposit, bank savings or checking accounts in a savings and loan, shares in a credit union, life insurance policies, annuities, notes, bonds, debentures and mortgages need not be disclosed under this provision. See K.A.R. 19-41-3(b) and Governmental Ethics Commission Opinion 2000-52.

Section D

If a gift is received for which the value is unknown, you are required to list the donor. You are not required to list the donor of a gift (1) if the gift or bequest was received as the result of the death of the donor; (2) if the gift was from a spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle; or (3) if acting as a trustee of a trust for the benefit of another. See K.S.A. 46-229(c).

Section E

The disclosure required under this section shall include the name and address of the business or combination of businesses, and the type of business. The receipt of interest, dividends and mineral royalties does not constitute “compensation” as the term is defined, and those matters need not be reported under this provision; however, ownership interest concerning these items may need to be reported under section “C”. See K.A.R. 19-41-3(c).

Section F

The disclosure under this section shall include the name and address of the business and the position held. Holding the position of administrator or executor of an estate shall not be considered reportable under this section. See K.A.R. 19-41-3(e). The holding of a position of officer or director of an organization or business includes for profit and nonprofit organizations.

Section G

The disclosure under this section shall include the name and address of the client or customer and a description of whether the fees or commissions were received by the individual, the individual’s spouse, or both. In the case of a partnership, it is the partner’s proportionate share of the business, and hence of the fee, which is significant, without regard to expenses of the partnership. See K.A.R. 19-41-3(d). An individual who receives a salary as opposed to portions of fees or commissions is generally not required to report under this provision.


Blind Trust means a trust established by a state officer or state employee or the individual’s spouse for the purpose of divestiture of all control and knowledge of assets. See K.A.R. 19-41-1.

Business means any corporation, association, partnership, proprietorship, trust, joint venture, or a governmental agency unit, or a governmental subdivision and every other business interest, including ownership or use of land for income. See K.S.A. 46-230.

Combination of businesses means any two or more businesses owned or controlled directly by the same interests. See K.A.R. 19-41-1.

Compensation means any money, thing of value, or economic benefit conferred on, or received by, any person in return for services rendered, or to be rendered, by such person or another. See K.S.A. 46-216.

Description of interests means the type of ownership interest held, including common stock, preferred stock, stock option and limited partnership. See K.A.R. 19-41-1.

Equitable interest means an actual beneficial ownership, though legal title may not be shown on public, partnership or corporate records. See K.A.R. 19-41-1.

Gift means the transfer of money or anything of value unless legal consideration of a reasonably equal or greater value is received in return. See K.A.R. 19-40-3a(b).

Other business interest means any endeavor which produces income, including appraisals, consulting, authorships, inventing or the sale of goods and services. It is unnecessary, for the purposes of this definition, that the interest have a formal business name or formal business structure. See K.A.R. 19-41-1.

Ownership interest means a legal or equitable interest in any business or combination of businesses. See K.A.R. 19-41-1.

Person means an individual, proprietorship, partnership, limited partnership, association, trust, estate, business trust, group, or corporation, whether or not operated for profit, or a governmental agency unit, or subdivision. See K.S.A. 46-223.

Trust means a trust in which any state officer or employee or the individual’s spouse has a present or future interest which exceeds five per cent of the value of the trust or exceeds five thousand dollars, whichever is less, but does not include blind trusts. See K.A.R. 19-41-1.

Type of business means the nature of the business activity in which the entity engages, including construction, retailing and manufacturing. See K.A.R. 19-41-1.