Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner

Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner

Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner is an independent state agency. The mission of the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner (KSC) is to protect and inform Kansas investors, to promote integrity and full disclosure by issuers and securities professionals, to investigate and prosecute fraud and to foster capital formation.

The Securities Commissioner administers the Kansas Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Land Sales Practices Act, and the Loan Brokers Act. The Commissioner enforces these laws through administrative, civil and criminal proceedings.

The current Kansas Securities Commissioner is Aaron Jack, appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in 2011.



In 1911, Kansas became the first state to pass a law regulating the sale of investments. Lawmakers stated that the law was an attempt to prevent the sale of securities which had nothing behind them other than the "blue sky."[1] In the next few years, over 30 states passed similar laws.

Following the great stock market crash of 1929, the federal government began to regulate investment activity with the passage of the Securities Act of 1933 and the creation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 1934.[2]

In 2011, the KSC and other state securities regulators will be celebrating the 100th (Centennial) Anniversary of the “Blue Sky” law.


The Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner is administered by the Kansas Securities Commissioner. Under Governor Sam Brownback, Aaron Jack is serving as Commissioner.

Services Offered

The agency regulates and monitors the securities offerings and financial services within Kansas. The staff registers securities, broker-dealers and their agents, investment advisers, loan brokers and certain land subdivisions. Agency staff investigates potential violations of the laws and ensure that registered persons and entities comply with industry, legal, and accounting standards.[3]

To meet its mission, the KSC provides the following services:

“To protect and inform Kansas investors”

  • Register securities, unless exempt
  • Encourage investors to verify the licensing and registration status of salespeople and companies offering investment in Kansas
  • Investigate potential violations of state securities laws and regulations
  • Prosecute individuals who commit investment fraud
  • Provide investor education resources to the public

“To promote integrity and full disclosure by issuers and securities professionals”

  • Register broker-dealer personnel using the Central Registration Depository (CRD), a database that provides “one-stop” filing
  • Register investment advisers or financial planners that manage less than $25 million in assets through the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (IARD), an electronic filing system
  • Conduct record examinations of securities industry professionals to ensure their compliance with Kansas laws and regulations
  • Offer continuing education opportunities to help registrants understand their regulatory obligations

“To investigate and prosecute fraud”

  • Investigate investment activities originating both inside and outside of Kansas
  • Work in conjunction with investigators from other states and draw upon resources of the National White Collar Crime Center (NWCCC)
  • Prosecute theft and other felonies in conjunction with securities crimes

“To foster capital formation”

  • Register small-company securities offerings via the Small Company Offering Registration (SCOR) process


  1. ^ Payne, Will, "How Kansas Drove Out a Set of Theives", The Saturday Evening Post, December 2, 1911
  2. ^ The SEC Historical Society
  3. ^ Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, "About Us", December 7, 2010

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