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The Kansas Peace Officers Association maintains an active role in all legislation affecting law enforcement through a professional legislative liaison in Topeka.

Current Kansas Legislative Sessions

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.



  • 05/09/2019 8:59 PM | Grover Piper (Administrator)

    In the waning hours of the session numerous bills were passed as soon as the votes were obtained to pass the budget. These include:

    • Passage of the CBD w/5% THC bill. This bill does not make that substance legal to possess, it creates an affirmative defense for anyone who possesses a letter from a Kansas physician stating it they or their child have a “chronic disease or medical condition causing a serious impairment of strength or ability to function, including one that produces seizures.” It remains illegal to sell, produce, or distribute CBD with THC in Kansas. They added several amendments we had requested including a requirement the person have the letter in their possession anytime they were in possession of the substance and a requirement to show the letter to law enforcement. They also amended the definition to accommodate available testing at the KBI lab making the 5% THC content relative to the CBD content. [SB28]
    • Passage of a scrap metal bill which will finally create the statewide database sought in legislation passed in 2015. There were several concessions made to scrap metal dealers during the process, but those will not hinder the tools for addressing these crimes. [HB2248]
    • Passage of amendments relating to animal cruelty cases and recovery of cost of care and treatment of the animals involved. [SB20]
    • The creation of a Closed Case Task Force to implement processes to assure CODIS hits on DNA are properly responded to by all parties involved. [HB2290]
    • The creation of a Criminal Justice Reform Commission with a charge to review a very wide variety of criminal justice issues and make recommendations. These include consideration of modifications to the sentencing grid, sentencing proportionality, probation and parole supervision, community corrections programs, and other matters. A sheriff and chief will be appointed by the Attorney General to serve on the commission. [HB2290]
    • Modifications of the quick dip sanctions and eliminating the 120-day and 180-day sanctions. Amendments were made as recommended in our testimony. [SB18]

    For other bills and additional information see the reports at the link referenced above. The reports will be updated as the Governor takes action on the pending bills.

    I will provide a more robust final report once everything is finalized.

    Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions about any legislative matter.


  • 03/31/2019 3:45 PM | Ed Klumpp (Administrator)

    New Alcohol Laws go into effect on April 1, 2019, allowing CMB licensees to sell beer with up to 6% Alcohol by Volume and allowing Liquor Retailers to sell CMB and non-liquor items. For details see the Special Notice on KsLawEnforcementInfo.com.

    The new statutes have been updated on my website at: http://kansasleo.com/statutes.htm


  • 03/16/2019 9:23 PM | Grover Piper (Administrator)

    See updated reports on my webpage for KPOA Legislative Issues:
    www.KsLawEnforcementInfo.com/kpoa.html
    Those reports are updated throughout the week.

    The last week was fairly busy with hearings. Most notably a hearing on CBD with 5% THC and a hearing on medical marijuana. We gave testimony on seven bills last week. Next week will be the last week of committee hearings except for exempt committees.

    We have been told the CBD bill may be worked by the committee next week. We believe the medical marijuana bill went well, but we won’t know if there will be further action for a few days yet. We also expect the House committee to work the agricultural hemp bill again this week to consider adding the amendments proposed by law enforcement to mitigate some of the concerns we have. There will also be a hearing on creating a VINE Coordinator position in the Attorney General’s Office.

  • 11/25/2018 6:22 PM | Grover Piper (Administrator)

    The 2018 session closed with little damage done to Kansas law enforcement and several helpful changes to the law.  Detailed and topic specific summaries are available at http://www.kslawenforcementinfo.com/kpoa.html.  Don't miss the "Ten Things Every Law Enforcement Officer Needs to Know" document on the site.

    There were no major changes to the body cam/vehicle cam video laws affecting the line officers, although clarity was added regarding who must be allowed to view a video on request and establishing a time limit to allow the viewing.  The bulk of the legislative proposals on this topic were referred to the Judicial Council for study, so this will be on the legislative agenda again in 2019.

    The legislature adopted the recommendations of the Judicial Council regarding civil asset forfeiture.  The key changes are statewide reporting starting in 2019 and adoption of the federal expenditure guidelines for state forfeiture funds.  The current reporting requirement, an annual report to you local governing body, remains in place for the end of 2018 report.  There were also some procedural changes, mostly the lawyers will have to do, but the law enforcement officer making the decision to seek forfeiture must now complete an affidavit of facts stating the grounds for the seizure and facts supporting forfeiture.

    Some of the major law changes include:

    1. major changes to the DUI laws;
    2. changes to KSA 21-5301 adding state offenses mirroring several federal prohibitions of firearm possession;
    3. throwing stars are now legal absent intent to use against another person;
    4. change to definition of marijuana to allow for industrial hemp (less than 0.3% THC and possessed under state licensing) and CBD products with zero THC content;
    5. expanded hours of operation of drinking establishments;
    6. new statutes for juvenile crisis intervention, including application in some juvenile offender cases and a requirement to take a juvenile into custody when you have reason to believe the juvenile is in a mental health crisis and a danger to themselves or others; and
    7. LEOs are now covered under the law in cases of consensual sex of a person during certain LEO interactions.

    Things to watch for next year:

    • Marijuana legalization (a vote on a floor amendment in the House this year failed by less than 10 votes;
    • More rules on law enforcement video recordings;
    • Legislation to increase public accessibility to criminal investigation reports;
    • Immunity from criminal liability for those reporting drug overdoses;
    • Transferring many reports to DCF for child abuse or neglect to law enforcement to investigate;
    • Lowering concealed carry age to 18;
    • Extreme risk protection orders to prohibit firearms possessions for those believed to be a risk to self or others (current proposal would require LE to conduct searches and seize weapons from those and order is issued against, and the order may be issued at the request of family member prior to a full hearing).

    Stay engaged and talk to your state senators and representatives about these issues.  You can identify your senator and representative at www.openstates.org/ks.

    Keep up with current law enforcement information and special notices from state agencies such as Alcohol Beverage Control, Motor Vehicle, and others by signing up for e-mail notifications with KPOA or at www.kslawenforcementinfo.com/emailsignup.html

    Do you have a legislative request for the KPOA to consider?  Send the details in an e-mail to ed.klumpp@KsLawEnforcementInfo.com with the subject line "KPOA Legislative Request".

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