TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Mark Parkinson has signed a bill that
makes cockfighting in Kansas a felony.
The same measure also strengthens laws against drug trafficking and assaulting law enforcement officers.
The changes signed Thursday by Parkinson will take effect July 1.
Holding a cockfight has been a misdemeanor in Kansas, and the new law will make it a felony. The presumed sentence will be probation, but the new law also will make it a crime to possess cockfighting equipment will and allow the seizure of assets.
Another change will mandate a prison sentence, rather than probation, for people who injure a law enforcement officer. Under current law, such defendants still could be sentenced to probation.
“Safe communities are one of the reasons that businesses and families move to our state,” Parkinson said in a statement. “I appreciate the work the Legislature and the Attorney General did this session to keep Kansans safe and secure.”
“To better protect our families, we must give law enforcement the tools they need to fight crime and bring predators to justice,” Attorney General Steve Six said.
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