The Senate recently passed House Bill 2052 dealing with personal and family protection.
HB 2052 would allow for the possession of a firearm in certain public buildings, provided an individual has a concealed carry permit, and the bill would establish a uniform law addressing unlawful discharge of a firearm within or into a city. The primary goal of the legislation is to ensure public buildings provide adequate security for law abiding citizens. Under HB 2052, all public buildings or institutions must provide a security plan to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office to restrict a permit holder from carrying a firearm. Additionally, the bill allows educational institutions to choose to allow a licensed employee to concealed carry. The legislation passed with a bipartisan vote of 35-5. [Editor’s note: Tyson voted yes on HB 2052.]
• HB 2140 would establish procedures for retention of students in the first grade who score at the lowest achievement standard on their reading assessment. The legislation establishes a grant program for qualifying organizations to develop practices in reading instruction and to improve reading skills. HB 2140 also establishes a task force to study and recommend interventions and strategies to assist students in lower elementary grades with acquiring better reading skills. HB 2140 passed with a final vote of 30-10. [Tyson voted yes on HB 2140.]
• HB 2363 addresses numerous water-related issues. The bill would require the rules and regulations adopted by the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) pertaining to the prevention of surface water, subsurface water and soil pollution to not apply to land-based sand and gravel pits or aggregate mining operations utilizing wash-water ponds. The bill would exempt hazard Class A dams proposed for construction or modification from the requirement to acquire a permit or written consent unless the chief engineer determines it is necessary for the protection of life or property. [HB 2363 passed 38-0 with Tyson voting yes.]
• Senate Substitute for HB 2051 would allow the chief engineer of the Division of Water Resources (DWR) to grant limited transfer permits authorizing the use of up to 4 million gallons from an existing water right. The permit would be limited to a single calendar year and would require an application fee of $200. If the base water right is groundwater, the bill would allow its use to be transferred to another well from the same source of supply within two miles. If the base water right is for surface water, the use may be transferred to another surface water use within the same surface water system. [HB 2051 passed 39-1 with Tyson voting yes.]
The Senate passed HB 2033 dealing with knives with a vote of 40-1. Current Kansas law names a specific knife manufacturer. HB 2033 would remove that language and update the law regarding what type of knives may be carried and produced in the state of Kansas. Although it removes many restrictions, the bill still prevents people from carrying knives in such facilities as school districts, jails and juvenile correctional facilities. [Tyson voted yes on HB 2033.]
• The Senate also recently passed HB 2326, which would protect Internet Protocol (IP)-based services from regulation by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC). This legislation would protect Kansas companies investing in IP-based services from unnecessary regulation by state agencies and ensure that policy regarding these services is set by the Legislature. [HB 2326 passed 37-1 with Tyson voting yes.]
Caryn Tyson, R-Parker, represents Franklin County and the 12th District in the Kansas Senate. Email her at Caryn.Tyson@senate.ks.gov or call (785) 296-6838.