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Kelly Signs 16 Bills into Law
Kansas Ag Connection - 04/15/2019

Governor Laura Kelly signed 16 bills into law last week, bringing the total number of bills signed during the 2019 Legislative Session to 35, with one being vetoed. By law, the Kansas governor has 10 calendar days to sign bills into law, veto bills or allow bills to become law without her signature. Several of the bills are related to agriculture and rural Kansas.

Senate Bill 60 -- Amends the statutes related to licensing of real estate brokers and the Kansas Real Estate Commission. This legislation will become effective on July 1, 2019.

Senate Bill 68 -- Prohibits a city from requiring a wireless services provider or wireless infrastructure provider to enter into a franchise ordinance for the provision of wireless services. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Senate Bill 69 -- Substitute for SB 69 directs the Legislative Coordinating Council to authorize a study of retail rates of Kansas electric public utilities. The purpose of the study is to provide information that may assist future legislative and regulatory efforts in developing electric policy that includes regionally competitive rates and reliable electric service. The bill requires the first and second parts of the study to be made available on the Kansas Corporation Commission's website by January 8, 2020, and July 1, 2020, respectively. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Register.

Senate Bill 71 -- Reauthorizes the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority by eliminating the sunset date of June 30, 2019. The bill also requires the Authority to make an annual report to the Legislature on the performance of its functions and duties. This legislation will become effective on July 1, 2019.

Senate Bill 77 -- Requires the Department for Children and Families to offer services to children with sexual behavior problems, along with the child's family. Such services will be voluntary, unless DCF determines there will be a high risk of future sexual behavior problems by the child if the child or family refuses services. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Senate Bill 82 -- Amends provisions of the State Banking Code relating to certificate of existence, voting rights for conversion to a state charter, and the method of delivery for certain notices. This legislation will become effective on July 1, 2019.

Senate Bill 97 -- Authorizes registration of certain rental vehicles in fleets and issuance of permanent license plates to reflect that registration. The bill requires such registration to be submitted electronically. This legislation will become effective on January 1, 2020 and upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Senate Bill 105 -- Authorizes a city to determine the start date of a regular term of office for a city officer by resolution of the city. In law regarding city elections, the bill requires the start date be on or after December 1 following certification of the election and no later than the second Monday in January following certification of the election. If the city does not establish an alternative date, the bill specifies such term will begin on the second Monday in January.

This legislation was signed in an official bill signing ceremony on Monday, April 8, and will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Senate Bill 128 -- Amends laws related to the minimum number of safety drills required to be conducted in schools each school year. The bill requires the State Fire Marshal to adopt rules and regulations requiring administrators of public and private schools and educational institutions, except community colleges, colleges, and universities, to conduct at least four fire drills, two tornado drills, and three crisis drills each school year. This legislation will become effective on July 1, 2019.

Senate Bill 199 -- Establishes the AO-K to Work Program, allowing certain adults to earn high school equivalency credentials by participating in career pathway oriented post-secondary classes. The provisions of the Program apply to all adult education programs in Kansas. This legislation will become effective on July 1, 2019.

House Bill 2101 -- Makes several amendments and technical updates to the laws governing credit unions and related credit union procedures and designates Article 22 of Chapter 17, Kansas Statutes Annotated, as the State Credit Union Code. This legislation will become effective on July 1, 2019.

House Bill 2125 -- Requires the holder of a driver's license who is operating a motor vehicle to promptly deliver, rather than display, the driver's license upon demand of any officer of a court of competent jurisdiction, any peace officer, or any examiner or officer of the Division of Vehicles, Department of Revenue. The requirement applies when the driver's license is in the licensee's immediate possession at the time of the demand. This legislation will become effective on July 1, 2019.

House Bill 2178 -- Amends the law concerning the duty of an operator to mark the tolerance zone around an underground facility within the Kansas Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Register.

House Bill 2188 -- Makes the City of Atchison responsible for the maintenance and repair of all watershed lakes, dams, and other projects of the White Clay Watershed District No. 26, on and after January 1, 2020. Additionally, the bill dissolves the District on January 1, 2020, and makes the City the District's successor.

This legislation was signed in an official bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, April 9 and will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

House Bill 2191 -- Amends the law concerning the execution of search warrants. Specifically, the bill states that warrants issued after July 1, 2019, for electronically stored information, electronic devices, or media capable of storing electronically stored information located in Kansas will authorize the transfer of such information, devices, or media for examination and review anywhere within the state or outside the state at any time after the seizure, unless otherwise specified by the warrant. This legislation will become effective on July 1, 2019.

House Bill 2215 -- Authorizes the Kansas State Fair Board to establish a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The purpose of the nonprofit corporation is to receive gifts, donations, grants, and other moneys and engage in fundraising projects that benefit the Kansas State Fair. The board of directors of the nonprofit corporation will consist of the members of the executive committee of the Fair Board, the General Manager of the Kansas State Fair, and other directors designated by the Fair Board. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

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