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Turn Around

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

On Friday, March 1 the Kansas legislature completed the first half of the 2013 legislative session. This deadline marks the last time bills could be passed out of its House of Origins and continued through the legislative process toward the governor’s desk. Both chambers made serious headway in that regard by debating and passing more than 85 bills. The Kansas House worked an amazing 50 bills on Thursday and Friday before heading out. The Kansas Senate made much quicker work of their agenda and the majority of senators left Thursday evening with only leadership showing up on Friday to hold a news conference.

Quick Take:

As mentioned above the Kansas House passed HB 2019 dealing with the Kansas Court of Appeals on a 73-50 vote. Here are the votes of each House member:

Yeas: Barker, Bideau, Boldra, Bradford, Bruchman, Brunk, Couture-Lovelady, Campbell, Carlson, Carpenter, Cassidy, Christmann, Claeys, Corbet, Crum, DeGraaf, Dove, Edmonds, Edwards, Esau, Ewy, Gandhi, Garber, Goico, Gonzalez, Grosserode, Hedke, Hermanson, Highland, Hildabrand, Hoffman, Houser, Howell, Huebert, Hutton, Johnson, Jones, Kahrs, Kelley, Kinzer, Kleeb, Lunn, Macheers, Mast, McPherson, Meigs, Merrick, Montgomery, O'Brien, Osterman, Peck, Petty, J. Powell, Proehl, Read, Rhoades, Rothlisberg, Rubin, Ryckman Jr., Ryckman Sr., Schroeder, Schwab, Schwartz, Seiwert, Shultz, Suellentrop, Sutton, Swanson, Thimesch, Todd, Vickrey, Waymaster, Weber.

Nays: Alcala, Alford, Ballard, Becker, Bollier, Bridges, Burroughs, Carlin, Clayton, Concannon, Davis, Dierks, Dillmore, Doll, Finch, Finney, Frownfelter, Grant, Hawkins, Henderson, Henry, Hibbard, Hill, Hineman, Houston, Jennings, Kelly, Kuether, Lane, Lusk, Meier, Menghini, Moxley, Pauls, Perry, Peterson, Phillips, Rooker, Ruiz, Sawyer, Sloan, Sloop, Tietze, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Weigel, Whipple, Winn, Wolfe Moore.


KBA members should be aware that the Kansas House passed a bill that will allow the governor to appoint Kansas Court of Appeal judges with the consent of the Kansas Senate. This bill, HB 2019, was passed on a 73-50 vote. The Kansas Court of Appeals is a statutory creation allowing a change to take place with a simple majority—63 votes. The KBA strongly opposed this effort, and you can find more information on HB 2019 and other proposals to alter merit selection at


In March the Kansas legislature will be working on budget items, tax policy, and a host of social issues. The Kansas judicial budget will get hammered out starting on Wednesday in House Appropriations Committee. This committee has floated the idea of sweeping attorney registration fees in order to pay for statewide e-filing and to fund a number of DUI refusal clerks. This idea was discussed last year when the Judicial Branch was underwater $1.1 million. Leadership wanted to sweep funds to close that hole; however, Chief Justice Nuss declined to dip into those dollars. This caused a one-day furlough before the legislature appropriated supplements funds. How this plays out remains to be seen.


Besides HB 2019, the KBA monitored a number of other bills to determine if they would advance in the legislative process. These bills include:

  • SB 4, statute of limitations for certain sexually violent crimes, did not advance out of the Kansas Senate;
  • SB 81, requiring the restriction of certain officials' information from publicly accessible records, passed out of the Kansas Senate on a 40-0 vote;
  • SB 124, restraint of trade, passed out of the Kansas Senate on a 36-4 vote;
  • SB 167, eliminating the statute of limitations for prosecutions of rape, passed out of the Kansas Senate on a 40-0 vote;
  • HB 2014, revoking an ex-spouses inheritance rights upon divorce, passed the Kansas House 119-0 (KBA supports this bill);
  • HB 2015, marital property, passed the Kansas House 116-8 (KBA supports this bill);
  • HB 2102, commission on judicial performance, sunset in 2017, did not advance out of the Kansas House;
  • HB 2205, adoption hearings, time and waiver of notice, passed the Kansas House 123-0 (KBA supports this bill);
  • HB 2233, protective parent reform act did not advance out of the Kansas House (KBA opposed this bill); and
  • HB 2254, relating to the determination of paternity did not advance out of the Kansas House (KBA opposed this bill).

In addition, a number of bills have been placed into exempt committees and continue through the process; they include:

  • SB 218, entire amount of docket fees shall be credited to the judicial branch docket fee fund, created in this bill, with certain exceptions; extending the judicial branch surcharge for two years;
  • HB 2338, judicial branch docket fee;
  • HB 2355, enacting the Kansas fair tax act of 2013;
  • HB 2376, Kansas apology and disclosure of unanticipated medical outcomes and medical errors; and
  • HB 2377, relating to court fees and cost, judicial branch surcharge fund.

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