- Forfeiture: HB2638 is now dead due to lack of movement out of the House by the deadline. This was the bill that ended civil forfeiture and transferred all forfeiture assets to the state general fund. HB2699 was exempted from the deadlines and remains active and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. This is the bill that retains civil forfeiture and transfers 50% of the assets to a special city and county law enforcement fund under the attorney general. It is unclear if this bill will get a hearing, but if it does we can expect an effort to replace the contents with the contents of HB2638.
- KHP Funding: The KHP funding has become controversial, not based on whether there is a need for the funding but rather based on the source of the funding. In the Senate, the funding has been placed into SB335 along with the KLETC funding. That bill was passed by the Senate after extensive debate focused entirely on the KHP funding issue and not on the KLETC funding. The original bill was SB350 and it is no longer active. SB335 will now move to the House. Meanwhile, the House debated the KHP funding in HB2503. The debate went way off course with amendments to fund it through a different source. House leadership stopped the debate by transferring the bill to the House Appropriations committee where a hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 4.
- KLETC Funding: The KLETC funding is in SB335 which was passed by the Senate. It now goes to the house. It has the KHP funding included in it now.
- CPOST Funding and Other Issues: The issues of the open records and the deferred judgement from HB2550 and HB2555 were combined under HB2550 by the committee. However, the House leadership chose not to bring it to debate and the bill is now dead. The CPOST funding bill, HB2553, was passed favorably out of committee. Leadership did not allow it to proceed to debate but did exempt it from the deadlines and it remains active on the House General Orders.
- Body Cam Open Records: SB18 (House Substitute) was not debated in the House but was exempted from deadlines so it remains alive and can still be acted on by the full House. We are not sure what the leadership's intends for the bill.
- Mutual Aid: The mutual aid bill, HB2549, remains on House General Orders active and available for debate and action. We believe it will receive action fairly soon when they return.
- Seat Belts and the SAFE Program: SB274 has been scheduled for a hearing on March 9 in the House Transportation Committee.
- Juvenile Justice Reform, SB367, passed the Senate 38-2 and is expected to be assigned to the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. We are hearing it will have hearings on March 7 and 8, but nothing official yet.
- Eyewitness Identification: The eyewitness ID bill, SB428, is on Senate General Orders and exempt from deadlines. Expect action on it quickly after turnaround. The bill was amended to only require law enforcement agencies to have a policy. There are still some discussions ongoing with the Innocence Project about refining the language.
- Videotaping Interrogations, HB2593, is never left committee and is now dead. The committee chair intends to refer it to the Judicial Council for study and recommendation over the interim. SB429 never had a hearing and is also dead.
- AG investigation of deaths caused by LEO: HB2678 had a hearing but was not approved by the committee and is dead. SB461 is exempt from deadlines and assigned to the Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. No hearing is set.
- Hemp and Marijuana: The agricultural hemp, HB2634, bill had no action in committee and is now dead. SB147, the medical hemp bill, is also dead after there was no action in the Senate. It is still subject to conference committee action in HB2049. However, it is highly unlikely the Senate will agree with it. HB2692, another medical marijuana bill did not get a hearing and is dead.
- KPERS Final Average Salary Computations: HB2426 is still alive from last year. This topic has been discussed this year in two different committees. In both cases the committee has been told there are legal complications in moving forward and there has been no further movement.
This week there were two days of floor debate and action on bills. The following actions occurred on our key issues:
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