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The League's online legislative tracking page makes it easy for city officials and interested parties to track the League's position on bills and the status of where bills are at in the Legislature. Next to each bill, members and interested parties can also see which lobbyist to contact directly about a particular bill and the League's testimony delivered before committees on each bill. For more information, please contact Cindy Green via email or at 785-354-9565.

POST AUDIT COMMITTEE APPROVES BILLS FOR FILING NEXT SESSION.

At the Legislative Post Audit Committee meeting on September 21, 2016 the committee approved the pre-filing of three bills concerning civil forfeiture. The three bills are designed to address specific areas the audit report found issue with. The first was how the Kansas Highway Patrol spent forfeiture proceeds the second was the failure of local agencies following the reporting requirements of the statutes and the third was related to the practice of a County Attorney handling of forfeiture actions for a city in his private attorney status and not as the County Attorney.

The audit report can be found here.

Government Policies & Procedures

Sub for SB 22: KORA Amendment Involving Body and Dash Cameras
This bill would limit those who have access to police video and audio recordings to only those with direct involvement and what is classified as criminal investigation records subject to KORA (originally SB 18). Additionally, the bill amends the definition of public record in KORA to include any recorded information kept by an officer or employee that relates to public business (originally SB 361). The League supported the language in this bill that was included from SB 18 and SB 361.
Last Action:  Passed; Effective July 1, 2016
Testimony:  SB 18 – House & SB 361 – House | Senate
Lobbyist:  Eric Smith

SB 360: Changing Motions into Executive Sessions
This bill would amend the requirements for a governing body to go into executive session and provide a statement of justification and subjects to be discussed in executive session.
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: Senate
Lobbyist: Eric Smith

SB 366: Inclusionary Zoning, Rental Property Inspections, Scheduling Policies and Food Labeling
This bill would prohibit cities from adopting and enforcing ordinances that would have the effect of regulating the purchase price of privately owned residential or commercial properties as agreed upon between the parties on the lease; adopting employee scheduling policies for private employers (HB 2576); prohibitions on rental inspections ordinances (HB 2665); and food labeling restrictions (HB 2595). The League opposed this bill. 
Last Action: Passed; Effective July 1, 2016
Testimony: SB 366 (Oppose) – Senate | HB 2576 (Oppose) – House | HB 2665 (Oppose) – House | HB 2595 (Oppose) – House
Lobbyist: Larry Baer & Cindy Green

SB 368: Prohibiting the Use of Public Funds to Create Print Materials to Explain Ballot Issues
This bill would prohibit cities from distributing any printed materials to an electorate regarding a ballot question submitted to voters. The League opposed this bill. 
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: Senate
Lobbyist: Erik Sartorius

SB 403: Portion of Traffic Citation Fines to be Remitted to State  
This bill would take from city municipal courts a portion (70%) of the revenue collected through the prosecution of local traffic infractions. The League opposed this bill. 
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: Senate
Lobbyist: Eric Smith

Sub for HB 2289: Administrative Hearing Procedure for DUI Test Fail and Refusal  
This bill would add requirements to the administrative process for suspending the driver’s license for an individual who fails or refuses a DUI test. The League opposed this bill in the House, but moved to neutral after changes were made and put forth before a Senate committee.
Last Action: Passed; Effective July 1, 2016
Testimony: House (Opposed) | Senate (Neutral)
Lobbyist: Eric Smith

HB 2466: Prohibiting Municipalities from Restricting the Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law
Known as a sanctuary bill, this bill disallows cities from enacting any ordinance or policy which restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws. The League opposed this bill. 
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: House
Lobbyist: Eric Smith

HB 2558: Regulating Campaign Workers
This bill would prohibit cities from enacting or administering ordinances that regulate campaign workers, generally established in “no solicitation” ordinances.  The League originally opposed this bill, then shifted to neutral. 
Last Action: Passed
Testimony: House (Opposed) | Senate (Neutral)
Lobbyist: Cindy Green

HB 2644: Trucks Hauling Grain Exceeding Weight Limits
This bill would allow trucks transporting grain during harvest season to exceed the current weight limits by 10 to 12 percent, dependent on axels. League opposed this bill. 
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: House
Lobbyist: Eric Smith

HB 2649: Local Governments and Energy Efficient Development Boards
This bill would give local governments the option of establishing efficiency improvement development boards. The boards would be able to facilitate energy efficiency projects for commercial developments in cities. The League was neutral on this bill. 
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: House
Lobbyist: Erik Sartorius

Public Safety

SB 331: Providing the Firearms Industry Protection from Discrimination
This bill would provide a civil clause of action for any discriminatory practice against any federally licensed firearms dealer or manufacturer in the state of Kansas. The League opposed this bill.
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: Senate
Lobbyist: Eric Smith

SB 338: Rehabilitation of Abandoned Property by Cities
This bill amends statutes regarding abandoned property to allow cities to take action in taking possession of and rehabilitating abandoned properties. The League supports this bill.
Last Action:  Vetoed by Governor
Testimony:  Senate | House
Lobbyist:  Larry Baer

HB 2356: Elevator Safety Act
This bill would regulate elevators, escalators and other conveyances and, in doing so, preempt a city’s ability to regulate the infrastructure and construction of said conveyances. The League opposed.
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: House
Lobbyist: Eric Smith

HB 2470: Video Cameras on School Buses for Catching Traffic Violations
This bill would permit video cameras on school busses to catch those that pass a school bus while stopped. This bill stands to create an unfunded mandate. The League was neutral on this bill once changes were made.
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: House (opposed)
Lobbyist: Larry Baer

HB 2502: Conceal Carry, Public Employees and Public Buildings
This bill includes language that will allow local governments to authorize specific individuals to avoid the “adequate” security measures at a public building while concealed carrying (originally SB 421). The League had supported SB 421. Additionally, this bill includes language which disallows cities and counties from regulating conceal carry by their employees (originally SB 65). The League was opposed to SB 65. Finally, this bill also contains language from HB 2440, which allows a city to prohibit the conceal carry of handguns in a portion of the building.
Last Action:  Passed; Effective July 1, 2016
Testimony:  SB 421 (Support) – Senate | SB 65 (Oppose) – House | HB 2440 (Support) - House
Lobbyist:  Eric Smith

HB 2549: Request for Law Enforcement Mutual Aid
This bill would allow the chief law enforcement officer in any jurisdiction to request the assistance of law enforcement from other jurisdictions, including other states. Provides protection to visiting agencies. The League supported this bill.
Last Action: Passed; Effective April 7, 2016
Testimony: House | Senate
Lobbyist: Eric Smith

Personnel & Public Employees

House Sub. for SB 168: Exempting Working After Retirement Hardship Positions
This bill would provide a mechanism for municipalities to streamline an application to obtain a continuance of an exemption for hiring retirees and allowing them to receive compensation above a set cap and still be eligible to receive retirement benefits.  The League supports this bill.
Last Action:  Passed; Effective July 1, 2016
Testimony:  House
LobbyistBrock Ingmire

HB 2541: Inclusion of Roth 457 Plans and KPERS
This bill would allow employees enrolled in the KPERS 457 plan the ability to contribute to a Roth 457 plan, should they choose to do so. The bill would also allow cities to contribute to a 401(a) plan. The League supported this bill.
Last Action:  Died in Committee
Testimony:  House
Lobbyist:  Brock Ingmire

HB 2724: 409A and 457(f) Plans
This bill would have excluded payments from a 409A or 457(f) compensation plan from a KPERS participating member's final average salary and benefits. Additionally, as amended on the House floor, the bill would have required participating KPERS employers to report to KPERS members' accrued sick leave and vacation amounts and rates of compensation by September 1, 2016. 
Last Action: Died in (S) Committee
Testimony: House
Lobbyist: Brock Ingmire

HB 2725: Limiting Accumulated Hours for KPERS Final Salary Calculation
This bill would have limited accumulated vacation hours that both pre-1993 and post-1993 employees could use for their final salary calculation to 240 hours. Additionally, the bill would limit the amount of sick leave that could be used for calculating one's final salary to whatever the employee had as of July 1, 2016. 
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: House
Lobbyist: Brock Ingmire

Infrastructure

H Sub for SB 227: The Contaminated Property Redevelopment Act
This bill would offer a mechanism to allow real property with environmental contamination purchased after July 1, 2016, to be purchased without the purchaser becoming liable for cleanup costs. The bill establishes the Contaminated Property Redevelopment Fund in the KDHE to assist municipalities in the redevelopment of contaminated properties. Was originally SB 365, the League supported this bill.
Last Action: Passed; Effective July 1, 2016
Testimony: SB 365 – Senate
Lobbyist: Eric Smith

Senate Sub for HB 2131: Siting of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities
This bill would set uniform guidelines for how cities consider the siting of wireless telecommunications facilities. The bill has an effect on the application process, restrictions on revenue from fees and leases, and zoning laws. The League was opposed to the introduced version of the bill and shifted to neutral once amendments were made.
Last Action: Passed; Effective July 1, 2016
Testimony: Senate (opposed)
Lobbyist: Erik Sartorius

HB 2623: First Right of Refusal
This bill grants incumbent electric companies the right to construct transmission projects. Municipal utilities and others would be prevented from competing to participate in transmission projects, unless the incumbent provider decided to not pursue the project. The League opposed this bill.
Last Action: Died in Committee
Testimony: House
Lobbyist: Erik Sartorius

Click here for more information on bills the League did not provide testimony on, but monitored due to the potential impact to cities. 

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