Officers find several violations at commercial check lane

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, the Olathe Police Department, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Assistance Program, and the Overland Park Police Department conducted a Commercial Vehicle Check Lane at US 169hwy and 167th St.

Fifty-one vehicles with 17 drivers and/or their vehicles were placed out of service for critical violations. These violations include unsecured loads, brakes out of adjustment, bald tires, and no commercial vehicle driver’s license.

More than 30 percent of the commercial vehicles inspected were placed out of service for these critical violations. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the national average is 20 percent.

The Olathe Police Department in conjunction with other area agencies will continue to conduct these commercial vehicle check lanes in an effort to make the roadways safer in Olathe.


Gun permit record continues in Kansas

For the third consecutive month, a record number of Kansans applied for permits to carry concealed handguns, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Thursday, April 4.

Schmidt said his office received 4,072 applications for concealed carry permits during March, which is a new single-month record. The previous record was set in February, when 3,573 permit applications were received.

In the first quarter of 2013, 10,812 new concealed carry applications were submitted to the Kansas Attorney General’s office. There are currently 53,272 active concealed carry licensees in Kansas.

Schmidt’s office administers the concealed carry licensing program.


Welcome: HB 2285 will be a ‘tax burden’

When it comes to Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies, Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome isn’t overly concerned.

But when it comes to House Bill 2285, that makes his eyes get wide and his right eyebrow go up.

The bill is an act concerning property taxation; relating to definitions; commercial and industrical machinery and equipment; amending K.S.A. 79-102 and repealing the existing section. On March 12, the committee report recommended the bill be passed by the Committee on Taxation.

In lay terms, Welcome said, it means lawmakers want to redefine commercial real estate: What’s personal and what is real.

“I don’t know what (lawmakers) are trying to do,” he said,” except they’re trying to mess up what everyone understands as the ad va lorum tax system, and I don’t know how to implement it. That’s the issue I have. You want laws that you can understand how to implement.

“With this, there will be a lot of interpretation going on.” Continue reading

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