Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on April 11 vetoed Senate Bill 99 to promote continued transparency in government.
“While I understand the purpose and intent behind S.B. 99, I believe that retaining the lobbyist registration provisions in current law promotes transparency and openness,” Brownback said. “Although the amounts involved may seem small, there is no harm in continuing to require lobbyist registration at the lower level of reportable lobbying expenditures contained in the existing statute.”
The Governor also signed 16 other bills into law, bringing the total number of bills signed during the 2014 Legislative session to 40.
• SB 254 – clarifies operational rules and regulations dealing with the state Children’s Health Insurance Program
• SB 306 – updates statutes applying to investments of insurance companies to allow certain types of equity investments.
• SB 309 – makes changes to the list of associations providing health insurance coverage which are exempted from the jurisdiction of the Kansas Insurance Commissioner.
• SB 310 – amends statutes related to Grand Juries.
• SB 359 – enacts the Successor Corporation Asbestos-Related Liability Fairness Act governing liability of the successor corporation.
• SB 402 – amends statutes related to the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System Committee.
• SB 424 – amends hospital lien filing and notification requirements.
• HB 2152 – repeals the Uniform Land Sales Practices Act and makes technical changes to a continuing statute to reflect the repeal.
• HB 2398 – specifies and clarifies sections of the Kansas Revised Limited Liability Act.
• Sub. for HB 2424 – names various portions of highway in honor of Kansans.
• HB 2444 – amends the law concerning spendthrift provisions of a trust to more closely mirror uniform law provisions.
• HB 2463 – establishes a specific civil cause of action for a person injured as a result of the crime of terrorism or the crime of furtherance of terrorism or illegal use of weapons of mass destruction, in regard to recovering damages, the statute of limitations and the victim’s right to request the Attorney General to pursue such a case on the victim’s behalf.
• HB 2491 – clarifies when a lawyer may appear in a small claims action falling within the Tort Claims Act.
• HB 2602 – removes the statutory limitation on the maximum percentage of allowable unclassified staff working for KPERS.
• Sub. For HB 2146 — amends the Kansas Pharmacy Act by clarifying prescription refill restrictions and creating the Collaborative Drug Therapy Management Advisory Committee
• HB 2002 – re-codifies current statutory auditing requirements for the Kansas Lottery and the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).
By law, the Kansas governor has 10 calendar days to sign the bill into law, veto the bill or allow the bill to become law without his or her signature.