Friday, May 16, 2014

Brownback signs 17 bills into law

TOPEKA, KAN. ----- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed 17 bills into law this week. This brings the total number of bills signed into law to 118.

One bill has been vetoed and one passed into law without signature.

The following 11 bills were signed on Monday, May 12:

  • HB 2687 – allows the state to conduct an administrative hearing regarding unclaimed property
  • Senate Substitute for HB 2448 – enacts “Katie’s Law” regarding collection of DNA samples; better defines the crime of interference with judicial process, addresses statutes of limitation for some cases and realigns judicial responsibility at sentencing.
  • HB 2312 – addresses investment of idle funds by local governments
  • HB 2487 – addresses construction of electrical transmission lines and obtaining certification of public convenience or necessity from the KCC.
  • HB 2537 – requires disclosure statements in insurance contracts.
  • HB 2551 – repeals the regulation of PCB disposal facilities and the atmospheric mercury deposition network.
  • HB 2850 – amendments regarding the real estate appraisers board and compliance with uniform standards
  • HB 2596 – computation of retirement benefits as to state officers or employees who are furloughed or have a reduction in pay.
  • HB 2668 – addresses health insurance for qualified professional associations 
  • Senate Substitute for HB 2616 – authorizes the Dept. of Labor to conduct a study to begin a state-certified OSHA compliance program.
  • Senate Substitute for HB 2693 – permits testing by community colleges for commercial driver’s licenses.
  • Substitute HB 2246 – allows for a peer review process for the Board of Technical Professions.

The following six bills were signed on Tuesday, May 13.

  • HB 2568 – provides guidelines on child support.
  • HB 2172 – provides clarification and amendments to the law governing cemetery corporations.
  • HB 2086 – addresses Community Improvement Districts and Tax Increment Financing and allows additional flexibility in economic development
  • HB 2490 – provides the default sentence for capital murder as the “Hard 50” which may be reduced for mitigating circumstances; and felony murder sentencing as the “Hard 25.”
  • HB 2143 – a reconciliation bill from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.
  • HB 2515 –follow-up bill from the executive branch reorganization in 2012.

By law, the Kansas governor has 10 calendar days to sign the bill into law, veto the bill or allow the bill to become law without his or her signature.