Sebelius Signs Legislation to Honor Vietnam Veterans

Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed legislation Tuesday honoring veterans of the Vietnam War.

Kansas is proud of its veterans and we’ve worked hard to honor and recognize their service,” Sebelius said. “The Vietnam War Medallion is a way to once again express our gratitude for their contributions to our nation and world.”

HB 2171 creates the Vietnam War Medallion Program. This program entitles every veteran who served honorably on active duty at any time between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 to receive a Vietnam War medallion, a medal and a certificate of appreciation.

This legislation specifies under what circumstances veterans are eligible to participate in the program, which will be administered by the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs (KCVA). The Director of the Veteran Services program of the KCVA will approve applications from veterans or from the spouse or eldest living survivor of a qualified veteran. This legislation also creates a fund to receive gifts, donations and bequests for the program.

The legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book

The governor signed an additional nine bills today, bringing the total number of bills signed in the 2009 Legislative Session to 65.

Regarding the Secretary of Agriculture and the Food Service and Lodging Act

SB 203 clarifies provisions made last year in SB 584, the Food Service and Lodging Act, which transferred all responsibility for the inspection and licensing of food service establishments and lodging facilities from the Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to the Department of Agriculture.

Designating the official state theatre festival

SB 1 designates the William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas, as the official state theater festival. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Regarding authority of Secretary of Corrections to enter into contract with a private entity

SB 61 authorizes the Secretary of Corrections to enter into a contract with a private entity to repair real estate damaged by a tenant who is under the release supervision of the Kansas Department of Corrections. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Relates to the Uniform Principal and Income Act

SB 70 allows a trustee to release power and convert a trust into a unitrust. A unitrust is a trust from which a fixed percentage of the trust’s assets are paid to the beneficiaries. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Concerning transportation development districts

SB 78 allows the costs of an authorized project to be paid in one or more payments from the transportation development district sales tax without the issuance of bonds. It would also allow for the reduction or elimination of any property tax special assessments made. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Regarding Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA)

SB 135 amends the Kansas Open Meetings Act to require interactive communications in a series to be open to the public. Under current law, legislative meetings would be exempt as provided by Article 2, Section 22 of the Kansas Constitution. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Regarding “military pupil count” at certain school districts

HB 2002 allows a school district to re-compute its general fund budget based on a second count of military students on February 20. To be eligible for a second count, a school district is required to have at least 25 military pupils or military students equal to one percent or more of the district’s enrollment on February 20 who were not enrolled on September 20. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Amends laws on appeals and jury selection

HB 2233 amends current law by defining “an appeal by the prosecution,” to include appeals, interlocutory appeals and appeals that seek discretionary review in the Kansas Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Register.

Regarding Vehicle Dealers and Manufacturers Licensing Act

HB 2258 amends the Vehicle Dealers and Manufacturers Licensing Act by adding definitions for a vehicle crusher, scrap metal recycler, vehicle recycler, end-of-life vehicle and rebuilder. Additionally, this legislation adds five new licensing categories to the list of businesses that must be approved and licensed by the Division of Vehicles of the Department of Revenue, including a vehicle crusher, scrap metal recycler, vehicle recycler, salvage vehicle pool and rebuilder. This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.


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