Session of 2000
By Representative Kuether

  9             AN  ACT concerning historic preservation; amending K.S.A. 75-2721 and
10             repealing the existing section.
12       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
13             Section  1. K.S.A. 75-2721 is hereby amended to read as follows: 75-
14       2721. (a) The state historical society shall have the following historic pres-
15       ervation powers and duties:
16             (1) Undertake a statewide survey to identify and document historic
17       properties, including all those owned by the state, its instrumentalities
18       and political subdivisions.
19             (2) Prepare and maintain a state register of historic places, which shall
20       include all those listed on the national register of historic places. The
21       historical society shall adopt standards for the listing and maintenance of
22       historic properties on the state register consistent with relevant federal
23       standards for preservation and care of historic properties.
24             (3) Prepare the state's preservation plan, review such plan annually
25       and make appropriate revisions.
26             (4) Within limits of available resources, acquire historic properties by
27       gift, purchase, devise or bequest; preserve, restore and administer such
28       properties; and transfer such properties when authorized by law.
29             (5) Establish standards and criteria for the acquisition of historic
30       properties and for the preservation, restoration, maintenance and oper-
31       ation of properties under the jurisdiction of the agency, and, when
32       deemed proper, to charge reasonable admission fees to such properties.
33             (6) Undertake the procedures necessary to qualify the state for par-
34       ticipation in sources of federal aid for historic preservation purposes.
35             (7) Provide information concerning historic properties within the
36       state to the agencies and instrumentalities of the federal, state and local
37       governments and, where appropriate, to private individuals and
38       organizations.
39             (8) Cooperate with federal, state and local government agencies in
40       the planning and conduct of specific undertakings affecting historic prop-
41       erties and preservation objectives and in overall land-use planning.
42             (9) Disburse federal and state funds to local governments and private
43       agencies and individuals for historic preservation work; establish stan-


  1       dards of eligibility to receive such funds; and enter into maintenance
  2       agreements with local governments and private agencies concerning his-
  3       toric properties.
  4             (10) Participate in national and international conferences and pro-
  5       grams concerning historic preservation and cooperate with federal offi-
  6       cials and agencies in the conduct of such activities.
  7             (11) Subject to limitations of staff and resources, provide technical
  8       and financial assistance to local historic preservation organizations and
  9       private parties involved in historic preservation activities.
10             (12) Assist, where possible, in developing public interest in historic
11       preservation through the development and implementation of interpre-
12       tive programs for historic properties and through the management of the
13       state's historical marker program.
14             (13) Develop an ongoing program of historical, architectural and ar-
15       cheological research and development, to include continuing surveys, ex-
16       cavation, scientific recording, interpretation and publication of the state's
17       historical, architectural, archeological and cultural resources. A reasona-
18       ble charge may be made for publications.
19             (14) Request that the attorney general take action authorized under
20       subsection (d) of K.S.A. 75-2724 and amendments thereto against any
21       person or entities who fail to obtain any demolition or building permit
22       required by local or state law.
23             (15) Cooperate with federal, state and local government agencies and
24       organizations to promote heritage tourism and historic preservation ac-
25       tivities in Kansas.
26             (b) The state historic preservation officer shall adopt rules and reg-
27       ulations to implement and administer the provisions of K.S.A. 75-2715
28       through 75-2725, and amendments thereto. 
29       Sec.  2. K.S.A. 75-2721 is hereby repealed.
30        Sec.  3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
31       publication in the statute book.