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Kansas Governor Wants China to Buy Land Near Military Installations

With Kansas Governor Laura Kelly vetoing Senate Bill 172, it makes it that much easier for China to scoop land near U.S. military installations.

In a move that bewilders many, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly vetoed a crucial bill last Friday, which sought to prevent entities from “countries of concern”—notably China—from acquiring real estate near military installations in the Sunflower State. Senate Bill 172 was specifically designed to fortify national security by requiring any foreign entity owning land within a 100-mile radius of such installations to register and divest their holdings. 

Governor Kelly, citing concerns over the bill’s breadth and potential constitutional conflicts, decided against the measure, arguing it could inadvertently harm Kansas’s economic ties and future prosperity. Yet, this stance raises eyebrows, especially given the strategic implications tied to the ownership of land surrounding our nation’s military assets. Her decision seems to prioritize economic interests over pressing national security concerns—a balancing act fraught with risk.

This isn’t just a local issue. Similar legislation is being considered across multiple states, reflecting a nationwide acknowledgment of the threats posed by foreign entities, particularly those linked to adversarial governments like the Chinese Communist Party. The concern isn’t unfounded. Reports indicate that Chinese ownership of American agricultural land has skyrocketed, a trend that underscores the strategic maneuvering of foreign powers on U.S. soil.

Governor Kelly’s veto is a missed opportunity to lead on an issue of national importance. It sends a concerning message that economic development trumps security, a stance that could have far-reaching consequences for the integrity of our nation’s most sensitive sites. The irony here is palpable—while aiming to keep doors open for business, we inadvertently leave the gate wide open for espionage and interference. This is a matter of securing the battlements, not just balancing the books, and it’s high time our leaders recognized the difference.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.