Due to many inquiries about the KORA law amendments passed by the 2016 legislature, I have put together a summary document on that specific topic. You can download the document here.
Final 2016 Legislative Session Reports are now available for download.
10 Things Every Officer Needs to Know
6 Things Every Administrator Needs to Know
Session Summary for Line Officers
Session Summary with all Law Enforcement Related Bills
Information on the 2016 Session Laws is available on the Legal Information Page.
A report may be downloaded at this link which includes a list of legislation enacted in 2016 that are of interest to law enforcement. The list is current as of May 25, 2016. The Governor has now acted on all bills passed by the legislature.
I am listing a lot of documents below containing what I have determined to be of interest to law enforcement to any degree. Not all of them will be of interest to you. You can pick the report that best suits your needs. Some reports are the same data, just sorted in different ways. Note the difference between "bills" and "topics." Bill reports are listing the actual bills by number or general categories. A bill may contain several topics. The reports titled as "Topic" reports are listing specific topics then listing the bills those topics have appeared in. In "Topic" reports, bill numbers may show up numerous times. Late in the session it is easier to follow things in the "Topic" reports since topics seem to be moved frequently from one bill number to another and sometimes appear in more than one active bill.
Thursday marked the end of the regular session of the 2016 Legislature. They will be back on April 27 to finish things up, including a lot of things still in conference committee. There is talk of wanting to have a very short veto session. I am not sure what that means since the normal veto is considered less than a week but they typically run from 3 days to 3 weeks. With the issues we are dealing with this year, the shorter the better. Unless the school finance issues flare up again or the budget deficit causes problems, I look for them to be in veto session about a week.
Key Legislative Events Week of March 21-25
Key Legislative Events Week of March 14-18
SB479 - Prohibiting the possession of a firearm by certain individuals.
Adds four federal firearm possession prohibitors to state law. 1) Misdemeanor domestic violence conviction; 2) by court order (Protections/restraining); 3) illegally in US; 4) Fugitive from justice. Requested by law enforcement.
SB480 - Amending search and seizure parameters for parole and postrelease supervision.
Provides statutory amendments to address issues from recent case law.
SB481 - Amending restrictions on the location of facilities for transitional or conditional release under the Kansas sexually violent predator act.
Changes the minimum distance from a child care facility, school or church from 2000 feet to ¼ mile. Eliminates distance requirement from a residence in which a child under the age of 18 resides.
SB482 - Mandatory expungement of arrest records of a person arrested as a result of mistaken identity or identity theft. Just what the title says. Places responsibility on prosecutor to file action.
SB483 - Adding and amending substances included in schedules I, III and IV of the uniform controlled substances act. This is identical to the House bill that House Leadership let die at turnaround.
SB487 - Open meetings; justifications for closed or executive meetings. Appears to tighten reasons for going into a closed meeting or executive session.
HB2715 - Enacting the electronic communications privacy act; relating to electronic communications and search warrants. Requested by Rep. Hildabrand. Restricts investigatory access to electronic communications records. Establishes extensive standards for the use of information obtained via search warrant or other means remaining allowable. Requires notice to the target of a search warrant for electronic data from a third party.
HB2718 - Beer sales by grocery stores and convenience stores if cereal malt beverage is no longer available. A back door method to achieve elimination of 3.2% beer.
This week there were two days of floor debate and action on bills. The following actions occurred on our key issues:
Key Actions Week of Feb 15-19
2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION INFORMATION
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