TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Senate committee is told that more people
would be covered under a Kansas law banning discrimination against
the disabled if it was changed to mirror federal statutes.
The Judiciary Committee considered the bill today that changes
the state statutes to conform to the American with Disabilities
Amendments Act that became law in September. The last time state
law was changed to conform to federal ADA statutes was in 1991. No
action was taken on the bill.
Ami Hyten of the Topeka Independent Resource Center told the
committee the changes would clarify the intent of the state law
which has narrowed by various court rulings over the years. She
said some people who should be considered disabled have been
determined by the courts not to be.