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Minutes for SB300 - Committee on Judiciary

Short Title

Amending the Kansas racketeer influenced and corrupt organization act to add a person who has engaged in identity theft or identity fraud to the definition of "covered person" and add identity theft and identity fraud to the definition of "racketeering activity."

Minutes Content for Wed, Jan 26, 2022

Chairperson Warren opened the hearing on SB300.

Jason Thompson, Senior Assistant Revisor, provided an overview of SB300 and stood for questions. (Attachment 1)

Scott Schultz, Executive Director, Kansas Sentencing Commission, submitted a SB300 Prison Bed Impact Assessment for Committee review. (Attachment 2)

Senator Mike Petersen testified in support of SB300 stating the bill gives law enforcement the tools needed to go after the persons organizing the group by changing presumptive probation or border box penalties for identity theft and fraud convictions for what could be millions of dollars in theft at a high level. (Attachment 3)

Special Deputy Sheriff Greg Smith testified in support of SB300 stating research shows Kansas is in the top five of the fifty states for identity theft crimes adding that passing the bill would give prosecutors and law enforcement the additional ability to go after and prosecute organized enterprises behind these crimes. (Attachment 4)

Written only testimony supporting SB300 was submitted by:

  • Steve Kearney, Executive Director, Kansas County and District Attorney's Office (Attachment 5)
  • Ed Klumpp, Legislative Liaision, Kansas Sheriff’s Assoc., Kansas Assoc. of Chiefs of Police, and Kansas Peace Officers Assoc. (Attachment 6)

Chairperson Warren called for final questions from the Committee.

The hearing on SB300 was closed.