Session of 2000
By Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight

10             AN  ACT concerning crimes, criminal procedure and punishment; relat-
11             ing to field services; prescribing certain duties on the supreme court.
13       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
14             Section  1. (a) (1) On or before July 1, 2001, there shall be a consol-
15       idation of the activities, funding and administration of the following field
16       services: Probation, parole, postrelease supervision and community cor-
17       rections services pursuant to this act. The supreme court shall be the
18       central authority with responsibility and oversight of all such field services.
19             (2) On January 1, 2001, under the authority of the supreme court,
20       there shall be established the office of field services.
21             (b) The chief justice of the supreme court shall form a task force on
22       consolidation of field services to develop a plan for such consolidation.
23       Membership of such task force shall be appointed by the chief justice and
24       shall represent the court system, the department of corrections, the ju-
25       venile justice authority, court services, the Kansas parole board, the Kan-
26       sas sentencing commission, community corrections, community planning
27       teams and others as deemed appropriate by the chief justice. Such task
28       force shall serve at the pleasure of the chief justice.
29             (c) With the recommendations of the task force appointed in subsec-
30       tion (b), the chief justice shall develop and prepare recommendations
31       regarding such consolidation of field services as provided in subsection
32       (a) and specifying organizational structures, functions, duties, budgetary
33       and any other necessary plans to carry out such consolidation. Such budg-
34       etary recommendations shall be submitted to the division of budget and
35       such other recommendation regarding organizational structure, func-
36       tions, duties and other necessary plans, including specific statutory
37       changes necessary to effectuate such consolidation, shall be submitted to
38       the joint committee on corrections and juvenile justice oversight, on or
39       before December 1, 2000. Such plan shall provide for the transition nec-
40       essary to effectuate such consolidation to commence on January 1, 2001,
41       with final transfer of responsibilities to be completed by July 1, 2001.
42        Sec.  2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
43       publication in the statute book.