Bill Increases Kansas Cockfighting Penalties

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate Judiciary Committee is told that increased penalties for cockfighting would help deter the sport in Kansas.

The committee was told Monday that Kansas is a magnet for the cockfighting. That's because while it's a felony in surrounding states, it's a misdemeanor in Kansas. The state is one of 12 where cockfighting is a misdemeanor.

Sen. Julia Lynn, an Olathe Republican, said making cockfighting a felony means those arrested could face larger fines. The bill also calls for forfeiture of assets, such as equipment used in the
sport, which Lynn said should be enough to keep cockfighting out of the state.

The committee took no action on the bill.

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