Kansas Seeks Access to Records to Reunite Owners With Unclaimed Property

According to an article in the Wichita Eagle, new Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes is requesting new legislation to allow the Unclaimed Property Department to access owner-identification information from other parts of the government.  Though it may be surprising, most state unclaimed property departments only attempt to track down owners (if at all) by using the address provided by the holder.

Specifically, the Kansas Unclaimed Property Department is seeking legislation allowing it to access tax returns, vital records, and other owner information to allow it to contact holders.  Allowing the state unclaimed property departments to access information from other parts of state government is a good first step in a comprehensive owner reunification program.

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