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Minutes for HB2206 - Committee on Judiciary

Short Title

Changing the bonding and cost requirements for animals taken into custody under a violation of cruelty to animals.

Minutes Content for Tue, Feb 12, 2019

Natalie Scott, Assistant Revisor, provided an overview of HB2206 and answered questions from the membership. (Attachment 16)

Sheriff Jeff Richards testified in support of HB2206 saying they considered their proposed amendments to HB2206 as technical amendments and they believe they are consistent with the legislative intent of SB112 passed in 2017. Their motivation to present this bill developed from issues they encountered in an incident occurring in Franklin County last year explained in the attachment. Their proposal clarifies any funds collected for the care of the animals will go to the entity who is otherwise responsible for the care of the animal. They worked with their attorneys and with the revisor in developing these clarifications. Sheriff Richards addressed questions from the membership. (Attachment 17)

The following individuals submitted written testimony in support of HB2206

  • Deb Ghere, on behalf of Friends of the Emporia Animal Shelter (Attachment 18)
  • Carla Lewis, President, Kansas Animal Control Association (Attachment 19)
  • Randi Carter, Board Member, Beauties and Beasts Inc. (Attachment 20)
  • Midge Grinstead, Kansas Senior State Director, Humane Society of U.S. (Attachment 21)
  • Sara Coffman, Founder/Executive Director, Wichita Animal Action League (Attachment 22)

Chairperson Patton closed the hearing on HB2206.

Chairperson Patton told the membership they would have action of the following bills at tomorrow's meeting (Feburary13):  HB2079, HB2097, HB2104, HB2105, HB2137.  He then adjourned the meeting at 4:43 pm.