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Minutes for HB2510 - Committee on Local Government

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Special districts may be dissolved and responsibilities assumed by a city.

Minutes Content for Wed, Feb 12, 2020

The Chair opened the hearing on HB2510.

Mr. Heim, briefing the Committee on the bill, reminded members of a bill from last year that by agreement of both parties allowed the city of Atchison to absorb a watershed district; he explained that under current law each such incident requires a separate bill.  The proposed bill removes that requirement and allows various local entities to collaborate for one to absorb the other.  He outlined the process:  an agreement between two parties that results in a resolution, after which a public hearing is held.  One party then assumes all the responsibilities and debts of the other.  Responding to a question, he replied that taxing authority is granted to the responsible party.

Ms. Stanley spoke in support of the bill (Attachment 3).  She said that the bill will provide a unifying statute to allow local entities to interact in beneficial ways.  She noted that no other state addresses this issue; having no precedent, she explained that the proposed bill was crafted from last year's statute to provide a generalized process as a pattern for local entities to follow.  Responding to a question, she replied that the list of agencies covers most local groups.

The Vice-chair noted the written-only proponent testimony by Eric Stafford, Vice President of Government Affairs, Kansas Chamber (Attachment 4).

The Chair closed the hearing on HB2510.