RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State

STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 08, 2001

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

NEW UCC ONLINE FILING SYSTEM
CHANGES FACE OF STATE GOVERNMENT

Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh is pleased with the results of the new Uniform Commercial Code online filing system. The new online system launched on July 1, 2001, changes the way customers do business with the Secretary of State’s office. In the last 30 days, the number of customers filing financing statements online has quadrupled. As of today, 65% of customers are filing financing statements online, while 35% use a paper filing process.


accessKansas, a service of the Information Network of Kansas, Inc., developed this eGovernment service in conjunction with the Secretary of State at no cost. This partnership brings government solutions to the citizens and businesses of Kansas without tax appropriation. Visit the state Web portal at www.accessKansas.org. The new online filing system is secure and is “easier, cheaper, and faster” for customers.


Lenders are required by statute to file financing statements with the Secretary of State’s office. The Kansas Legislature passed revisions to Article 9 of the uniform commercial code, with an implementation date of July 1, 2001. Kansas was one of the first states to pass legislation for Revised Article 9. All 50 states have enacted Revised Article 9.


SB 366, introduced on the last day of the 1999 Kansas Legislative Session, incorporated major revisions to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code recommended in 1998 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The changes to Article 9 are intended to address the fact that paper based commercial transactions are giving way to electronic transactions; that filing systems need to be revised to handle increased volumes; that new kinds of property and transactions need to be recognized in the law; that statutory nonpossessory liens have proliferated and need to be dealt with in the Article 9 context; and amendments to Article 9 in the various states have created differences that impair interstate transactions.


The new online filing system is easier, cheaper, and faster for customers. The documents can be filed online at www.kssos.org. Advantages to filing online via the Secretary of State’s web site are numerous and include an easier filing process, cheaper filing fee, and faster filing time. While the paper filing process can take up to 10 days due to the amount of time it takes to mail the documents, online filing financing statements takes a couple of seconds, meaning consumers obtain loans more quickly.


“The success of our new UCC online filing system means customers will be getting service online, instead of standing in line,” stated Thornburgh. “The new system is secure, results in less risk for the lenders, and allows consumers to receive their loans much faster. The new online filing system is changing the face of state government.”


“We are thrilled with the tremendous success of this application. The Secretary of State’s office has done an excellent job of encouraging their customers to file online, which not only benefits the customer with a user-friendly and fast service, but also reduces the workload on the Secretary of State’s office. We look forward to continued success for Secretary Thornburgh and his team,” noted Robert Knapp, General Manager of accessKansas.


Secretary of State (www.kssos.org) has partnered with the Information Network of Kansas, Inc., for this application. The Information Network of Kansas is the agency responsible for accessKansas, the official state Web portal (www.accessKansas.org), and provider of electronic government solutions for the state. The network manager for accessKansas is Kansas Information Consortium, Inc., a subsidiary of National Information Consortium (EGOV), the eGovernment Company TM.

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