Four members of the Ukrainian Parliament were in Topeka on Friday for a trip coordinated by the University of Kansas where they visited the Statehouse and Governmental Ethics Commission.
The group of Ukrainian officials was hosted by the University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. They participated in roundtable discussions on openness and transparency in government with journalistic organizations and Mark Skoglund, executive director of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, which enforces campaign finance law.
Skoglund said he discussed his office’s role enforcing campaign finance and ethics laws and what models of governance could be effective.
“It’s always important that we all learn from each other on those initiatives,” Skoglund said.
Sam Buyers, a masters student in the university’s center, said the group first went to Washington, D.C. They also toured the Kansas Capitol building Thursday. He said the purpose of the trip was to compare how other governments operate and for officials from both countries to see how they could improve openness and transparency in government.