Governor Mark Parkinson signed 16 bills today, bringing the total number of bills signed during the 2010 Legislative Session to 49.
 
Exempting state educational institutions from the State Surplus Property Act
 
HB 2415 exempts the state universities from being required to sell, trade, or dispose of personal property owned by these institutions through State Surplus Property, and would give the Board of Regents oversight of the process. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Concerning the administration of vaccines
 
HB 2448 amends current law and allow a pharmacist, pharmacy student, or pharmacy intern working under the direct supervision of a pharmacist to administer the influenza vaccine to a person six years of age or older.  The bill also lowers the age a pharmacist can administer all other immunizations from persons 18 or older to 12 or older. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Concerning trusts and trustees; relating to the uniform principal and income act
 
HB 2455 amends the Uniform Principal and Income Act, relating to trusts and trustees.  The bill clarifies language regarding payment requirements in order to receive estate tax marital deductions for certain trusts. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Concerning crimes and punishment; relating to sentencing
 
HB 2469 amends current law with respect to criminal history category to delete the language in the statute regarding applicable penalties so that there is no ambiguity that prior convictions can be counted in determining the criminal history category of a defendant. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Register.
 
Relating to motor carriers; increasing time period for verification of compliance
 
HB 2485 increases from 12 to 18 months the time the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has to verify that a carrier is in compliance will all applicable requirements, after the KCC has initially authorized the carrier to operate in Kansas. This time period is consistent with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s compliance timelines. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Inspection of parole offices by the Department of Corrections
 
HB 2503 expands current law to allow the Secretary of Corrections the authority to inspect parole offices. Current law gives the Secretary explicit authority to inspect all correctional facilities, including facility management and business practices, offender treatment, and any allegations of improper conduct.  The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Concerning the inheritance tax
 
HB 2557 removes references to the inheritance tax that appear in Kansas statutes. Current law eliminates the inheritance tax beginning tax year 2010.  The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
The Addictions Counselor Licensure Act
 
HB 2577 creates the Addictions Counselor Licensure Act to require any person currently licensed as an addiction counselor or substance abuse counselor to be licensed and meet applicable requirements. Addiction counselors or substance abuse counselors would be prohibited from practicing without being licensed by this act, effective August 1, 2011. HB 2577 also increases the number of members on the Behavioral Science Regulatory Board from 11 to 12 to include a Licensed Addiction Counselor or Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Increasing the limitation on irrevocable funds for prepaid funerals
 
HB 2588 increases the maximum amount that can be placed in an irrevocable pre-financed funeral agreement from $5,000 to $7,000.
 
Required disclosures for prepaid funerals
 
HB 2589 requires a number of disclosures in a prearranged funeral agreement, including the names and addresses of the seller and purchaser; a statement of the funeral goods and services being purchased; and whether the contract is guaranteed or not guaranteed. The legislation also requires a prearranged funeral agreement to disclose whether the contract is revocable or irrevocable; what happens to excess funds after the funeral and arrangements have been paid for; the name of the institution in which the funds are deposited; and notice of reasonable fees and expenses deducted from the trust. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Relating to work release programs
 
HB 2604 authorizes a sentencing court to assign defendants, convicted of misdemeanors or felonies that require imprisonment in the county jail rather than a state correctional facility, to work release programs. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Concerning law enforcement for the HorseThief Reservoir Benefit District
 
HB 2638 allows the governing board of the HorseThief Reservoir Benefit District to appoint a law enforcement manager and associated officers.  The law enforcement officers will be required to meet the requirements of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Act and complete instruction at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.  The Hodgeman County Sheriff’s office would control the law enforcement functions and enter into a contract for these services with the Benefit District. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Relating to the crime victims compensation fund and the crime victims assistance fund
 
SB 326 increases the amount the Attorney General has the authority to transfer from the agency’s Crime Victims Compensation Fund to the Crime Victims Assistance Fund.  Currently the internal transfer limit is $100,000 and it would increase to $300,000.  The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Register.
 
Relating to filing requirements for limited liability partnerships
 
SB 437 requires limited liability partnerships to have the same requirements in regards to filing resident agents and registered offices with the Secretary of State as current law on domestic or foreign limited partnerships.  The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Concerning corporations and business entities’ merger of limited partnerships
 
SB 441 repeals the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act and allows limited partnership mergers to take place under the Business Entity Transaction Act.  Limited partnerships would be required to file a certificate of merger or merger agreement as opposed to a notice of cancellation with the Secretary of State. The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.
 
Concerning the metropolitan transit authority act
 
SB 544 increases the area in which a metropolitan transit authority could offer services.  The area increases from a radius of three miles of the city’s corporate limits to a radius of 90 miles from those limits. Under current law only Topeka and the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (TMTA) are limited to the original three mile radius.  The TMTA is the only transit operator with a service area limit in the state.  The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.