Kansas Peace Officers Association

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Legislation

The Kansas Peace Officers Association maintains an active role in all legislation affecting law enforcement through a Legislative Committee and Professional Legislative Liaison in Topeka.

Legislative Liaison Ed Klumpp

Our Legislative Liaison

Ed Klumpp, Chief of Police-Retired, Topeka Police Department, serves as a lobbyist for law enforcement matters representing the Kansas Peace Officers Association, the Kansas Sheriff's Association, and the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police. He also serves as the KCJIS Committee representative and the Kansas Traffic Records Coordinating Committee representative for the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police. He served on the Kansas DUI Commission and co-chaired the Kansas Criminal Code Re-codification Commission.

Ed maintains a website where you can find information on matters affecting law enforcement being considered in the Kansas Legislature. Up to date status and explanations of bills are also available and there is a page with summaries of past legislative sessions and links to state resources relating to legislation.


Current Kansas Legislative Sessions

NOTICE:  Members now have the ability to comment on Legislative Posts and matters related to pending legislation.  Comments will be monitored and removed if inappropriate, offensive, inflammatory or not related to the subject matter.

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  • 05/25/2022 7:23 PM | Ed Klumpp (Administrator)

    The following reports are updated throughout the week as needed:

    The following reports are updated throughout the week as needed:
    Topic Tracker-All Topics   
    Topic Tracker-Passed Topics   
    Bill Topics That Failed to Pass    
    Topics That Failed to Pass  
    List of law enforcement related bills for 2022 Session   
    List of law enforcement related bills from 2021 Session 

    On May 23, 2022, the 2022 session finally came to an end. Law enforcement had a very good year in the legislative process. The reports above provide the results of legislation. Only two bills on our list of topics are not finalized. They are awaiting action by the Governor who expected to sign both of them into law.

    Watch this website for our final legislative report which we anticipate will be completed in the first week of June.
  • 05/06/2022 9:30 AM | Ed Klumpp (Administrator)

    SB2, amending several alcohol laws, became effective on April 28 when it was published in the Kansas Register. All are effective on that date except the last one listed below which is effective on January 1, 2023.

    The new statutes that went into effect on April 28 are now posted on my statute webpage at: https://kansasleo.com/statutes.htm

    Ed Klumpp
    Legislative Liaison
    eklumpp@cox.net
    (785)640-1102

    CMB License Requirements Amended

    The licensing requirement for a recipient of a CMB retailer’s license to be of good character and reputation in the community in which the person resides is stricken from the requirements for a CMB license. 

    SB2 (2022 SL Ch 71) §8, KSA 41-2703. Bill Summary. Effective 4/28/22.

    Farm Wineries May Also Be Issued CMB License

    The board of county commissioners, the governing body of the city, or the ABC Director is required to issue a CMB retailer’s license to farm winery licensees who have already been issued a farm winery license and satisfy the requirements for a CMB retailer’s license. Licensing authorities will not be able to deny a CMB retailer’s license on the basis of zoning or other regulations or any city or county resolutions or ordinances.

    SB2 (2022 SL Ch 71) §3, KSA 41-311. Bill Summary. Effective 4/28/22.

    Sales Between Liquor Stores and Licensees

    Existing law allowed a licensed liquor retailer may sell and deliver alcoholic liquor and cereal malt beverage to a public venue, club, or drinking establishment licensee for resale by such licensee, provided the liquor retailer is located n the same or in an adjacent county as the licensee’s premises. The bill expands this to allow those sales to licensees are in a county with a corner located within two miles measured along the adjacent county boundary.

    SB2 (2022 SL Ch 71) §2, KSA 41-308. Bill Summary. Effective 4/28/22.

    State Fairgrounds

    Alcoholic liquor can now be consumed on the Kansas Fairgrounds in Hutchinson within a marked boundary by a three-dimensional barrier within the fairgrounds. Allowable alcoholic liquor includes domestic beer or wine consumed in judging competitions, alcohol consumed during certain permitted events of 75 people or less and are not part of the State Fair event, or any alcoholic liquor sold during the State Fair event by a holder of a temporary permit. This is in addition to the continuing  provision allowing domestic beer or wine imported under a farm winery license consumed as part of a judging competition. Temporary permits on the fairgrounds may be issued for the time during the Fair or at other times authorized by the Board. The application must clearly show the areas where consumption is allowed under the permit. The permit holder is liable for any violations.

    SB2 (2022 SL Ch 71) §5, 6, 10, 11, KSA 41-719; 41-1201; 79-4108; 79-41a03. Bill Summary. Effective 4/28/22.

    Temporary Permits not on State Fairgrounds

    The bill makes to changes to the permit process but does not change what is allowed or required with a temporary permit. It places a cap on what cities and counties may charge for the permit at $25 per day. It also changes the maximum number of permits an applicant may obtain in a calendar year from 4 to 12.

    SB2 (2022 SL Ch 71) §6, KSA 41-1201. Bill Summary. Effective 4/28/22.

    Wine, Domestic: Allowable Alcohol by Volume

    The allowed alcohol content in domestic wine is increased. Domestic fortified wine manufactured in Kansas may have from 16.0% ABV but to no more than 20.0% ABV. Domestic table wine may contain no more than 16.0% ABV.
    SB2 (2022 SL Ch 71) §1, KSA 41-102. Bill Summary. Effective 1/1/23.


  • 01/04/2022 6:43 AM | Ed Klumpp (Administrator)

    I have prepared a document listing the new laws that went into effect on January 1 of interest to law enforcement. Download it at this link.

  • 06/09/2021 3:24 PM | Ed Klumpp (Administrator)

    The following reports summarize the legislation from the 2021 Session becoming law. The further down the list, the more comprehensive the information.

    What Line Officers Need to Know  (Updated 6/18/21)

    What Administrators Need to Know

    Summary of Most Important Law Enforcement Related Legislation
              Includes table of changes to laws on felons in possession of firearms

    Summary of all Legislation Impacting Law Enforcement (Updated 6/18/21)


  • 06/09/2021 10:23 AM | Ed Klumpp (Administrator)

    A new requirement for Child Abuse/Neglect investigations passed by the 2021 Legislature went into effect on June 3 when HB2158 was published in the Kansas Register.

    Child Abuse or Neglect Investigations
    When law enforcement is investigating a report of child abuse or neglect a member of the agency, or their designee, is required to visually observe the victim and to document the observation in their report. If the investigation is a joint law enforcement and DCF investigation, both agencies are required to visually observe the child.
    HB2158 (2021 SL Ch 111) §3 Pages 5-6. Amending KSA 38-2226. Bill Summary. Effective 6/3/21.

    The new requirement is for law enforcement to visually observe the alleged victim and to document that observation in our report. It does allow for a “designee” to make that observation if there are reasons we can’t get an officer in contact with the victim, such as being out of the jurisdiction or being in a medical facility you can’t access. You can “designate” another law enforcement agency to make the observation, or in some situations the designee could be medical staff. It is not limited to those two types of designees and would allow for the designee to be another reliable person. While the statute is not specific, the intent should be clear that the designee needs to be someone you can trust is not biased toward the child or potential suspect and to assure the level of injury, if any, to the child and for the safety of the child. That probably means a relative of the child is not the best option. It should also be clear the intent is not to designate DCF and for the DCF to not designate law enforcement. If both are involved in the investigation, the statute states both must make the observation. This is probably something we have been doing on most of those cases already, but the requirement is it has to take place and be documented in our reports in every case.

    The question has came up about cases where attempts are made but not successful to observe the child. For example, the parent of guardian doesn’t allow it, or the parent or guardian won’t answer the door, etc. Legal guidance should be sought on how to proceed in those cases, but the new law does not change existing constitutional protections of the victim or the victims family. But clearly any such attempts and why they weren’t successful should be documented.

    The bill also creates a legislative child welfare oversight committee to attempt to address the problems in the system.

  • 06/04/2021 9:46 AM | Ed Klumpp (Administrator)

    Significant changes were made to the alcohol laws that went into effect on May 17, 2021. See my summary of those changes that law enforcement may encounter at this link.

    HB2137 (2021 SL Ch 107), KSA 41-2653. Bill Summary. Effective 5/27/21.

    See an ABC memo summarizing all of the 2021 liquor law changes at this link.

    Amended Statutes Available at this Link (See K.S.A. Chapter 41)

  • 05/21/2021 10:29 PM | Ed Klumpp (Administrator)

    Senate Bill 127 became law when as it was published in The Kansas Register on May 6, 2021.

    This bill effected driver license issuance in the following manner.

    1. Expanded electronic driver’s license renewal process
    2. Allows for credential holders to opt in to receive their renewal notice electronically. 
    3. Kansas residents that have a Driver’s License or ID Card that expired between March 12, 2020 through March 31, 2021 will have until June 30, 2021 to renew that credential without paying any late fees. [Ed’s Note: There is no current extension for vehicle registration expirations.]
    4. Removes the $25.00 required fee to apply for restricted driving privileges in lieu of suspension for failure to comply with traffic citations and also eliminates the additional 90-day suspension for a driving while suspended conviction that occurred while the person was suspended for failure to comply with traffic citations.

    See the Memo at this link for full details.

    See the full bill at this link.               See the Bill Explainer at this link.  

  • 05/07/2021 11:00 PM | Ed Klumpp (Administrator)

    This week was the last full week of the regular session typically used to override vetoes by the Governor and complete conference committee work. It also includes completing the budget and tax bills. They finished their work about 2:15 AM Saturday and will return for the final day on May 26.

    The big item is the House passing House substitute for SB158, the medical marijuana bill 79-42. The bill now goes to the Senate where it was declared “substantially changed” which means it will now go to the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee for a hearing before being considered further by the Senate.

    The following bills were signed by the Governor since my last report:

    • HB2208 with several mental health system advancements in communities.
    • HB2405 authorizing issuance of $500M in bonds to be placed in the KPERS funds for past missed payments by the state.
    • HB2196 authorizing local law enforcement agencies the option of assisting unemployed persons who have been victims of identity theft by verifying their identity when filing for benefits.
    • HB2390 on fraudulent liens.
    • HB2078 and HB2227 dealing with speedy trial issues.
    • HB2244 on Hemp, creating disposal processes and clarifying hemp products cannot contain more than 0.3% THC.
    • HB2071 increasing penalties for stalking a minor.

    The following bill was vetoed by the Governor but placed into law by veto override action:

    • SB158 on concealed carry reciprocity; allowing provisional permits for person ages 18 through 20; and creating a firearms rights restoration process for convicted felons.

    The following topics we have worked on passed this week and will go to the Governor for consideration:

    • Our auto theft/attempt to elude bill. (SB60)
    • Our court ordered infectious disease bill. (HB2224)
    • Our amendments to allow additional sharing of information with prosecutors and law enforcement by the child death review board. (HB2158)
    • Allowing certain exceptions to limitations on persons in a foster home with prior felonies if the felonies were juvenile adjudications and the adjudicated person has been a resident in the home upon turning age 18. (HB2158) We supported this version after our opposition killed an earlier very broad provision to allow felons to reside in foster homes.
    • Amendments to the bill (not all of the amendments we wanted but improved the practicality of application) requiring observation of child abuse or neglect victims during investigations. (HB2158)  
    • Drug treatment options for those under diversion agreements. (HB2026)

    The following topics also passed this week:

    • Removing the spousal exception for sexual battery. (SB60)
    • A new crime for sexual extortion. (SB60)
    • Closed Case Task Force extension and staff assistance. (HB2077)
    • Victim assistance and compensation expansion. (HB2077)
    • Kansas Fights Addiction Act. (HB2079)
    • Funding for Kansas Prescription Monitoring System. (HB2079)
    • Child Welfare oversight committee created. (HB2158)
    • Alcohol law amendments. (HB2137) Many amendments, most of little interest to law enforcement. Those of interest: Removing prohibition of a spouse of a LEO to hold a liquor license; allow clubs and drinking establishments to sell beer and CMB for off-premise consumption; allows class A clubs to serve alcohol at special events with permit; allows liquor stores to open as early as 9 AM on Sundays; clubs and drinking establishments may now sell and sever CMB; made the ability to serve alcohol a permanent allowed act.

     

    New Bills Introduced this week:

     

    Don’t miss other law enforcement information and news posted at www.KsLawEnforcementInfo.com

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