Richard Hanna

Kansas lawmakers split on response to teen governor hopefuls

In a Kansas governor's race that's already wild and crowded, more than half a dozen of the prospective candidates are teenagers, and legislators are divided over whether to try to prevent having such young hopefuls in the field in the future.

The Kansas House on a 73-43 vote advanced a bill Tuesday that would require candidates for governor and other statewide offices to be voters in the state, starting next year, effectively setting the minimum age at 18. House members were expected to take a final vote by Wednesday to determine whether the bill passes and goes to the Senate.

Some lawmakers said candidates should have some life experience before running for governor and...