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75-4315d.Nongubernatorial appointments subject to confirmation by senate; procedure; information required to be submitted. (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Office" means any state office or board, commission, council, committee, authority or other governmental body the members of which are required by law to be appointed by an appointing authority, and which appointment is subject to confirmation by the senate as provided in K.S.A. 75-4315b, and amendments thereto.

(2) "Appointing authority" means a person, other than the governor, who is required by law to make an appointment to an office.

(3) "Chairperson" means the chairperson of the confirmation oversight committee.

(4) "Committee" means the confirmation oversight committee established by K.S.A. 46-2601, and amendments thereto.

(5) "Director" means the director of the Kansas legislative research department or the director's designee.

(b) No person may be appointed to an office unless such person has completed and submitted a nomination form as required by the rules of the committee. No person may be appointed to an office unless such person has filed a statement of substantial interest as required by K.S.A. 46-247, and amendments thereto. A copy of the nomination form and the statement of substantial interest shall be kept on file in the office of the director and shall be subject to disclosure under the Kansas open records act.

(c) No person may be appointed to an office unless such person has consented to a background investigation conducted by the Kansas bureau of investigation. No person may be appointed to an office unless such person is current in the payment of taxes and consents to the release of a tax certification by the Kansas department of revenue which states whether such person is, or is not, current in the payment of taxes.

(d) Any appointing authority who desires to appoint a person to an office shall forward to the chairperson a completed copy of the nomination form, the statement of substantial interest, the consent to the release of the tax certification and a written request that a background investigation be conducted on the person nominated for appointment to an office. Upon receipt of such information, the chairperson shall forward such information and a written direction to the director to request the Kansas bureau of investigation to conduct a background investigation of such nominee and to request the Kansas department of revenue to release the tax certification for such person. Upon written request of the director and the appointing authority who nominated the person for appointment to an office, it shall be the duty of the Kansas bureau of investigation to conduct a background investigation of any person nominated for appointment to an office. Any person nominated for appointment to an office shall submit such person's fingerprints to the Kansas bureau of investigation for the purposes of verifying the identity of such person and obtaining records of criminal arrests and convictions. Upon written request of the director, it shall be the duty of the Kansas department of revenue to release to the director tax certification requested pursuant to this section.

(e) The director may receive from the Kansas bureau of investigation or other criminal justice agencies, including, but not limited to, the federal bureau of investigation and the federal internal revenue service, such criminal history record information (including arrest and nonconviction data), criminal intelligence information and information relating to criminal and background investigations as necessary for the purpose of determining qualifications of a person nominated to be appointed to an office. Upon the written request of the director, the director may receive from the district courts such information relating to juvenile proceedings as necessary for the purpose of determining qualifications of a person nominated to be appointed to an office.

(f) Any information received by the director pursuant to this section from the Kansas department of revenue or the Kansas bureau of investigation shall be kept on file in the office of the director or in a secure location under the control of the director within the Kansas legislative research department. After receipt of information, the director shall notify the appointing authority who nominated the person for appointment to an office and the nominee that the information is available for review in the office of the director. Upon the written request of such appointing authority or the nominee, the director shall allow such appointing authority and the nominee to review the information. Such information shall not be removed from the office of the director and shall not be duplicated or copied in any manner. If the appointing authority chooses to proceed with the nomination of the person for appointment to an office, the director shall notify the chairperson and the vice chairperson of the committee that such information is available for review by either legislator, or both, upon the written request of either legislator, or both.

(g) Any information received by the director pursuant to this section from the Kansas department of revenue or the Kansas bureau of investigation, other than conviction data, shall be confidential. Except as provided by section 22 of article 2 of the Kansas constitution and subsection (f), such confidential information shall not be disclosed to any other person. Any other intentional disclosure of such confidential information is a class A nonperson misdemeanor. Any person who intentionally or unintentionally discloses confidential information in violation of this section may be removed from office or employment.

(h) Any information received by the director pursuant to this section which relates to a person whose nomination for appointment to an office is confirmed by the senate as provided by K.S.A. 75-4315b, and amendments thereto, may be disposed of in the manner provided by K.S.A. 75-3501 et seq., and amendments thereto. Any information received by the director pursuant to this section which relates to a person whose nomination is withdrawn or whose appointment is not confirmed by the senate as provided by K.S.A. 75-4315b, and amendments thereto, shall be destroyed by the director. The destruction of such records shall occur no sooner than one year, and no later than two years, following the withdrawal of the nomination of the appointment or the failure of the senate to confirm the appointment of such person.

History: L. 2008, ch. 121, § 1; L. 2009, ch. 126, § 3; July 1.



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