Bill Allowing for More DAs Advances

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate has passed a bill to allow Kansans to decide whether they want to replace county attorneys with district attorneys.

The 40-0 vote Wednesday sent the measure to the House.

Under the bill, voters in a single county or multiple adjoining counties could opt for a district attorney, who would handle criminal cases. County attorneys then would handle only civil cases, instead of both city and criminal cases.

Kansas has a dual system of prosecutors. There are district attorneys in Douglas, Johnson, Reno, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties, and each is a judicial district. The other counties have county attorneys.

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