Friday, December 19, 2014

Brownback signs slew of new laws with legislators’ backing

By The Herald Staff | 3/31/2014

Gov. Sam Brownback signed eight bills into law Monday, bringing the total number of laws stemming from the 2014 legislative session to 14. Most of the bills were passed with widespread support by local lawmakers.

The laws, along with the votes of Franklin County’s Statehouse delegation — state Reps. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, and Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, as well as state Sen. Caryn Tyson, R-Parker — include:

House Bill 2591 — Requires municipal audit reports to be filed electronically with the Secretary of Administration. [Finch Y; Jones Y; Tyson N]

House Bill 2544 — Authorizes certain postsecondary educational institutions to enter into the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement to provide distance education to out-of-state students. [Finch Y; Jones Y; Tyson Y]

House Bill 2470 — Removes requirements that all Regents universities purchase insurance of any kind or nature, except employee health insurance, only from an insurance company authorized to do business in Kansas. [Finch Y; Jones Y; Tyson Y]

House Bill 2715 — Changes regulations regarding the transportation of farm implements by implement dealers on Kansas highways. [Finch Y; Jones Y; Tyson Y]

House Bill 2597 — Allows municipalities that already provide solid waste collection services to immediately offer recycling collection services. [Finch Y; Jones N; Tyson N]

House Bill 2611 — Reduces the amount of time a licensed dentist would be required to be present in a dental office for which the licensed dentist is a full or partial owner, advertises the dentist’s name, or associates together for the practice of dentistry, or with persons licensed to practice medicine and surgery. [Finch Y; Jones Y; Tyson Y]

Senate Bill 278 — Transfers all duties, powers, employees, and funding of the Board of Veterinary Examiners into the Division of Animal Health in the Kansas Department of Agriculture for a two year period, beginning on July 1, 2014. [Finch Y; Jones Y; Tyson Y]

Senate Bill 371 — Revises provisions of employment security laws, commonly referred to as Unemployment Insurance, pertaining to the disposition of penalties collected and the disclosure of information in certain circumstances. [Finch Y; Jones Y; Tyson Y]

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