SB 269--Am. by SCW
[As Amended by Senate Committee of the Whole]
Session of 1997
By Committee on Judiciary

10 AN ACT concerning attorneys; relating to admission to practice law; 11 requirements; fingerprints and criminal history. 12 13 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas: 14 Section 1. (a) The supreme court may require all applicants for reg- 15 ular admission to practice law in this state to be fingerprinted. [with the 16 costs to be borne by the applicant.] The fingerprints shall be used to 17 identify the applicant and to determine whether the applicant has a record 18 of criminal arrests and convictions in this state or other jurisdictions. The 19 supreme court and the state board of law examiners are authorized to 20 submit the fingerprints to the Kansas bureau of investigation and to the 21 federal bureau of investigation for a state and national criminal history 22 record check. The state board of law examiners and the supreme court 23 may use the information obtained from fingerprinting and the criminal 24 history only for purposes of identification of any applicant and in the 25 official determination of character and fitness of the applicant for regular 26 admission to practice law in this state. 27 (b) Local and state law enforcement officers and agencies shall assist 28 the supreme court in the taking and processing of fingerprints of appli- 29 cants seeking admission to practice law in this state and shall release all 30 records of an applicant's arrests and convictions to the supreme court and 31 the state board of law examiners. 32 Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its 33 publication in the statute book.