SB 102--
By Committee on Ways and Means

AN ACT concerning state officers and employees; relating to subsistence allowance for travel; amending K.S.A. 75-3207a and repealing the ex- isting section. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas: Section 1. K.S.A. 75-3207a is hereby amended to read as follows: 75- 3207a. (a) The secretary of administration shall establish the rates of sub- sistence allowance for in-state and out-of-state travel for official purposes, including travel to designated high-cost cities, and the rates so fixed. These rates shall be paid to public officers and employees who are subject to the provisions of K.S.A. 75-3207 and amendments thereto, or shall be paid directly to lodging establishments. The secretary may authorize and prescribe limitations and procedures for payment of such subsistence al- lowances by separate categories for reimbursement for meal expenses under a daily allowance basis and for reimbursement for lodging expenses under an actual cost incurred basis or may provide for the direct payment of such lodging expenses to the lodging establishment. Advances for such costs shall also be at the discretion of the secretary. Such rates, authori- zations, limitations, procedures and other provisions for subsistence al- lowances shall be established by rules and regulations adopted in the manner prescribed by K.S.A. 75-3706 and amendments thereto. (b) All such rates and designations shall be fixed only after consid- eration by the secretary of actual costs incurred in such travel, the rates allowed by the federal internal revenue service, and such other matters as the secretary deems pertinent. (c) The provisions of rules and regulations adopted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall apply to all official travel on and after the effective date of such rules and regulations. (d) Nothing in this section shall apply to the officers and employees specified in K.S.A. 75-3216 and amendments thereto. (e) The rates for lodging expense reimbursement and direct pay- ments established by rules and regulations of the secretary of administra- tion for in-state and out-of-state travel for official purposes by officers and employees who are subject to this section, may be exceeded upon written approval by the agency head, or the agency head's designee who is responsible for approval of travel under K.S.A. 75-3208 and amend- ments thereto, subject to policies adopted by the officer, board or com- mission that appointed the agency head. In cases involving the official travel of an individual who is an agency head or an appointive member of a board, commission or similar body that appoints an agency head, no approval to exceed such rates for lodging expense reimbursement to such expenses for that individual shall be required unless the appointing au- thority of such individual requires such written approval by the appointing authority. In no case shall any lodging reimbursement expense under this subsection exceed the lesser of either: (1) The amount equal to the maximum applicable lodging expense reimbursement authorized by rules and regulations adopted under this section increased by 50%, or; (2) the actual lodging expenses incurred during the official travel. Sec. 2. K.S.A. 75-3207a is hereby repealed. Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.