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Minutes for HB2510 - Committee on Ethics, Elections and Local Government

Short Title

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

Minutes Content for Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Chairperson Bowers opened the hearing on HB2510.  Mike Heim, staff revisor, presented a briefing on the bill.

Amanda Stanley testified in support of HB2510.  Ms. Stanley indicated in Kansas, grassroots consolidation is exceptionally difficult to do.  Ms. Stanley explained under current Kansas law even when it is in a city and a special district's interest to consolidate, it takes an act of the Legislature every single time.  Ms. Stanley stated they feel that HB2510 is an innovative concept while also being a natural evolution of Kansas law to allow more efficiencies in government at the local level.  (Attachment 3)

Written testimony in support of HB2510 was submitted by:

Eric Stafford, Vice President of Government Affairs, Kansas Chamber  (Attachment 4)

Randy Stookey, JD, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs presenting Joint Testimony from Kansas Grain and Feed Association, Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association, and Renew Kansas Association  (Attachment 5)

After questions from the Committee were addressed, Chairperson Bowers closed the hearing on HB2510.