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Minutes for HB2662 - Committee on Ways and Means

Short Title

Claims against the state.

Minutes Content for Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Chairperson Masterson opened the hearing on HB2662.

Dezeree Hodish, Fiscal Analyst, briefed the committee on HB2662.  She explained how many claims had been filed and heard in 2015, and the Joint Committee on Special Claims Against the State's recommendations for handling these claims (Attachment 1).

Proponents:
No proponents appeared before the committee.

Opponents:
No proponents appeared before the committee.

Neutral:
James Todd, Kansas State Representative, District 29,  appeared before the committee as a neutral party  He explained a claim against the State that was pending for 22 years and said this claim was recently added on the House floor.  He said an individual who had $17,000 on his person, was stopped by the Highway Patrol. The Highway Patrol was convinced criminal activity was involved and seized the funds.  He further stated that the Highway Patrol turned the money over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) because they had an interest in this individual, and then they started a civil forfeiture action against the funds.  Representative Todd said the action for seizure by the DEA was successful.  He said the parties that are involved have filed a claim against the State and the $17,000 plus interest is included to be paid in HB2662.  Representative Todd did not furnish the committee with written testimony.

After all questions were answered, the Chairperson closed the hearing on SB2662.