- The Senate Corrections Committee started working SB367, the Juvenile Justice Reform bill, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Several amendments were made and then deferred until later meetings to complete their work. Almost all of our recommendations were addressed to some degree with the amendments passed in committee on Monday. I have also placed a page on my website just on this bill. On it, you will find testimony and the bill amendment documents. The committee passed the bill out favorably on Wednesday after extensive amendments. The printed version of the bill with all the amendments probably was published on Friday.
- The House Corrections Committee worked HB2593, Videotaping Interrogations, on Monday. Rep. Finch offered an amendment that amended the bill by removing all current contents and replacing it with a requirement for law enforcement agencies to have written policies on the topic. After significant discussion the amendment was approved 7-3. There was some concern with the amended bill not having some level of requirements in the policy, such as substantially complying with the model policy being developed by the KCDAA. A motion was then made to Table the bill, which also passed. So it will take a vote by the end of the day on Thursday to bring this bill up again this year. Of course the introduction of a similar bill through an exempt committee is always possible. The Chair announced his intent to refer this to the Judicial Council for study and recommendation.
- The House Corrections Committee held a hearing on Tuesday on the Emergency Observation and Treatment bill, HB2639. Concern from opponents centered around the length of time a person could be held without court intervention. The Chair later announced his intent to send this bill t the Judicial Council for study and recommendation.
- At the end of last week, another civil forfeiture bill, SB2699, was introduced. This bill would leave the forfeitures as civil actions, but take 50% of the forfeiture assets to be placed in a special law enforcement fund at the Attorney General’s Office. It is unclear what mechanism would be in place to distribute that back to law enforcement for local law enforcement purposes. But, to be clear, 50% of the assets would remain at the local level. This bill was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. No hearing has been set yet on this bill.
- HB2549, on Law Enforcement Mutual Aid, was amended in the House Federal and State Committee on Tuesday, then passed out of committee favorably as amended. The amendment does not make a substantive change, it merely removes the word “foreign” and uses the words of the definition for “foreign” in the context of state law. That being from any state of the United States.
- SB391, on sexting, was passed out of the Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee with a minor amendment.
- SB428, establishing policy in statute for eyewitness identification, was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. We opposed the bill. The bill was amended with a substitute bill deleting all of the detailed policy provisions and creating a requirement for law enforcement agencies to have a policy on the matter.
- The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Thursday on HB2678, requiring the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute any case involving death caused by law enforcement. Only opponents submitted testimony. It was a quick hearing and the bill will not move forward. However, SB461 on the same topic was introduced this week in an exempt committee and assigned to the Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee.
- KHP/KLETC funding issues: The Senate Transportation Committee combined SB350 on KHP funding and SB335 on KLETC funding into one bill under SB335. They changed the rate for the KLETC funding to $1.25 on the registration fee, but changed it to apply to all vehicles and not just passenger vehicles. This would net KLETC about the same dollars. The bill is scheduled for debate in the full Senate on Monday. Meanwhile, the House debated HB2503 which got bogged down in different ideas of how to fund it. The bill was amended to divert the source of the $2 to an existing registration fee. Mass confusion ensued and they referred the bill to House Appropriations Committee to restore order to it by considering some of the options being presented during the debate. This move also exempts the bill from the deadlines.
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