- The hearing on Wednesday on SB403, limiting revenue from traffic tickets by cities, went very well. There were no proponents, a handful of speaking opponents well mixed between law enforcement, courts, city administration, and recipients of the court fees the bill proposed to nearly eliminate. There was substantial written opposition and an appropriate law enforcement presence in the audience. The first opponent speaking, a representative from the Kansas League of Municipalities, got significant questioning from Sen. Melcher who stated he had an interest in the bill. Those questions were handled well. After that the chair held questions until the remainder of us had testified. There were no questions at the end of the testimony. There appeared to be no interest in moving the bill forward in any form by the end of the hearing, but we will need to wait and see if there are future developments.
- We were notified HB2699, Rep. Rubin's forfeiture bill, will have a hearing on Thursday, March 10, at 3:30 PM. HB2699 leaves forfeiture as a civil action, but transfers 50% of the forfeiture proceeds remaining after paying the 15-20% to the prosecutor to a new fund under the attorney general for distribution back, through an unknown process, to any local law enforcement agency, even those that do not participate in forfeitures. The remainder (40-42.5%) stays with the law enforcement agency. The bill also removes the provision to allow using a private attorney for the forfeiture actions. The other forfeiture bill, HB2271, is dead now. However, it will most likely be brought up in testimony to gut HB2699 and replace it with the provisions of HB2271. HB2271 proposed to end civil forfeiture and allow forfeiture only after a criminal conviction. It also would have transferred all local forfeiture proceeds to the state general fund.
- HB2689, DUI Admin Hearings, had a hearing in Senate Judiciary on Thursday. However, they did not complete the hearing with at least three of us testifying on Tuesday, March 8, when they take the bill up again.
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