While state unclaimed property divisions are normally in the news for their efforts to collect unclaimed property, we have two articles today about states' efforts to give it back.
In Kansas, we recently mentioned efforts by State Treasurer Ron Estes to seek legislation allowing the Kansas Unclaimed Property Division to gain access to tax returns, vital records, and other owner identifying information maintained by other areas of state government, for use in locating owners. According to the Wichitopekington blog, that bill has passed both the house and senate, and is expected to be signed into law.
Over in Rhode Island, according to this article on the GoLocalProv blog, State Treasurer Gina Raimondo was answering phones yesterday at the state's Unclaimed Property Division, responding to questions concerning the recently released annual unclaimed property list. This year's list, as well as Rhode Island's archive of unclaimed property from previous years, can be found at the Treasury's website.