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Minutes for HB2662 - Committee on Appropriations

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Claims against the state.

Minutes Content for Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Chairman Ryckman opened the hearing on HB 2662.

Dezeree Hodish, Kansas Legislative Research Department, provided a briefing on the bill (Attachment 1).  The Joint Committee on Special Claims Against the State recommendation in the bill totals payments of $11,993 would be paid from existing funds, $61,418 from newly appropriated State General Funds (SGF) and $22,943 from the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Refund Fund.  Approximately 84 percent of the claims were filed against the Department of Corrections, she added. 

Representative Todd, Chairman, Joint Committee on Special Claims Against the State, provided testimony in neutral position of the bill (no written testimony was provided), and he responded to questions from committee members.  He stated that reimbursement of legal fees for sexual predator proceedings is reimbursable by the Attorney General's Office to the county of origin, based on a first come-first served basis.  If no funds are available in the Sexually Violent Predator Fund, current law allows counties to file a claim against the state for reimbursement.  Regarding property loss claims, it was noted this reimbursement is payable from the Department of Corrections budget and not SGF.  The Motor Fuel Tax Refund claims were $200,000 in 2013, $40,000 in 2014 and $22,000 in 2015, and with only one repeat claim, he stated. 

Discussion followed regarding the Sexually Violent Predator Fund.  Dezeree Hodish stated that when the fund was established in 2007, there was no dedicated revenue source.  The Attorney General's Office would submit a supplemental request transfer from the SGF to the fund.  It was noted that other funding sources within the Attorney General's Office should be explored, as opposed to transferring funds from the SGF, and the request was made to provide a copy of the fund balances in the department.

Chairman Ryckman closed the hearing on the bill.