Brownback signs 5 bills into law

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed five bills into law late Thursday, bringing the total number of bills signed during the 2013 Legislative Session to 131.

SB 20 makes several amendments to the Kansas Offender Registration Act including clarifying that effective dates for registration requirements reflect when various types of offenses originally were codified and aligning requirements for providing DNA samples to current KBI practices.

HB 2249 addresses several property-related issues including allowing tax refunds to landowners when fire districts are annexed by a city.

HB 2149 eliminates a $500,000 transfer from the Highway Patrol Training Center Fund to the State General Fund that has occurred each fiscal year since 1992.

HB 2162 prohibits the use of state-appropriated funds, aside from normal and recognized executive and legislative relationships, for lobbying federal, state or local governments regarding gun control issues.

S. Sub. for HB 2199 makes changes to current alcoholic liquor laws, including amendments to the Club and Drinking Establishment Act and the Kansas Liquor Control Act.

 

Brownback reveals mental health care plan

Press Release
From Gov. Sam Brownback‘s Office

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday, Jan. 10, an initiative to provide $10 million in  targeted funding to better provide mental health services to the state’s most at-risk and challenging populations, as well as the creation of a panel of experts to re-evaluate Kansas’ current mental health system and make recommendations for improvements.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., Aging and Disabilities Services Sec. Shawn Sullivan and Corrections Sec. Ray Roberts joined the governor for the plan’s unveiling at Wyandot Center Community Behavioral Health Care, Wyandotte County’s community mental health center that serves the Kansas City area.

“Families with mentally ill loved ones face daily challenges the rest of us can only imagine,” Brownback said. “We chose to make our announcement at Wyandot Center because it is representative of Kansas 27 community mental health centers, which together form  our state’s critical mental health safety-net system. “ Continue reading

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