The Senate was called to order by President Dick Bond.
The roll was called with thirty-nine senators present.
Senator Lee was excused.
Invocation by Chaplain Fred S. Hollomon:
Once again we are privileged to welcome the International Officers to our cham-
bers. The different uniforms remind us of the many nations represented at the Fort
Leavenworth Command and General Staff College.
We are aware, O God, that these officers are the cream of the crop from their
various governments and that a substantial number will be high-ranking leaders in
Keep them safe and well, O God. And while they are our guests we pray that they
will catch a glimpse of the ingredients which have made us a great nation and a great
Help them to understand that each senator represents 60,000 Kansans and that
they were elected by a majority of their constituents.
We are grateful, O God, that when election time comes again the reins of authority
will either remain or be passed by peaceful means.
We thank you once more for our state and we thank you for the opportunity to
host officers from so many countries.
I pray in the name of Christ, Amen.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS
President Bond introduced Senator Biggs, Leavenworth, to officially welcome the distin-
guished guests visiting today in the Senate.
Remarks By Senator Biggs
It is again a great honor for the Kansas Senate to have so many International Officers
from around the world as our guests today. We have many groups visit our capitol, but the
rotunda is never more colorful than when we have the flags on display of the 74 countries
representing our 90 officers visiting us today.
I am going to relate a personal event that illustrates part of the Leavenworth experience
for many of the families of these officers. Last August my wife and I had four young grand-
children for an overnight. The next day's schedule was a picnic in the park. It was becoming
a busy place as we arrived. Unbeknown to us, the ladies of the civilian sponsors were hosting
the wives and children of the International Officers at a picnic. We had a table close enough
to the shelter house to observe and enjoy. The oldest of these four grandchildren was six.
She will never forget this day as she played with children from around the world on play-
ground equipment. She was determined to find children from Japan as she had studied that
country in kindergarten and she was successful. The 90 officers here today are active par-
ticipants in our community and in our society during their year at Leavenworth. They learn
of our institutions, political system and way of life. Today is part of that experience as they
witness democracy in action.
Ft. Leavenworth has been described as the heartbeat and intellectual crossroads of the
army. It also gives a window to the world for those willing to look.
Please take note of the painting on display to my right. This is a print of an original by a
Leavenworth artist, Betty Wilson Clay. ``Parade of Nations'' depicts the unique opportunity
that we in Leavenworth and Kansas have to be a part of such an annual international
President Bond welcomed and introduced Brigadier General Joseph R. Inge to address
members of the Senate.
Remarks by Brigadier General Joseph R. Inge
Mr. President, Distinguished Senators, Senator Biggs: Thank you for your kind
introduction and reception.
In 1827, high up on bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, Colonel Henry Leavenworth
established an enduring outpost of the American Nation. Though his orders said he should
lay out this advanced post on the eastern bank of the Missouri, the rolling grasslands and
surrounding ridgeline on the Kansas side of the river represented a better location to the
Colonel's practiced eye. Therefore, without awaiting permission,Colonel Leavenworth build
his post where he thought best. The garrison that grew where he planted his flag still remains
as the oldest, continuously active army post west of the Mississippi River. As ``The Gateway
to the West'', Fort Leavenworth initially was a platform for launching the westward expan-
sion that Americans saw as their ``Manifest Destiny''.
As the trickle of traders and settlers traveling the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails swelled to
a flood, Fort Leavenworth's role grew in importance. The post's initial mission, to advance
the flag and protect American citizens, remains valid today. Guarding and protecting the
frontier since 1827, Fort Leavenworth now uses technology and education to address our
nation's new challenges, wherever they may be on the globe. The bustling dragoon canton-
ment which welcomed steamboats and conestoga wagons full of settlers to the trails of
American folklore is now crowded with automobiles and buses. You can still see the wagon
ruts of the 1840s climbing out of the Missouri bottoms, now preserved amidst the asphalt
and buildings of the 1990s.
The rolling hills and historic buildings of the post have been home to a legion of American
heroes, some of whom rest with Henry Leavenworth in its national cemetery, under the
blue Kansas sky. Among these heroes are the troopers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment, one
of four black regiments known to history as the ``Buffalo Soldiers''. Formed at the fort in
1866 and again stationed there in the 1930s, the 10th Cavalry remains a continuing part of
the post through the presence of retired veterans and the magnificent ``Buffalo Soldier''
monument on Grant Avenue.
From its earliest days Fort Leavenworth has played a role in army education. Much of
the nation's military leadership in the Civil War learned its trade while stationed at the post.
Men whose names have become immortal--Sidney Johnston, George G. Meade, William
Tecumseh Sherman, Phil Sheridan, Robert E. Lee, and Jeb Stuart--all passed through our
One of those men, while commanding general of the Army years later, envisioned a
continuing need to educate officers in their profession. In 1881, William T. Sherman created
``The School of Application for Infantry and Cavalry'' on the post. General Sherman's charter
for the school was to produce, ``Quality Officers for any duty that they may be called upon
to perform, or for any position however high in rank that they may aspire to in service.''
This tradition of professional education remains valid today. Fort Leavenworth still prepares
Army officers to fight and win our nation's next war, whatever form it may take.
In its 117-year life, the college has spawned generations of military leaders. A list of the
alumni comprises a Who's Who of American military history. It includes soldiers such as
George Marshall, Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, George Patton, and Colin Powell.
These leaders have defended this nation's interest in all of the wars and conflicts of the 20th
century. Their legacy lives on today at the Command and General Staff College. One of our
young Canadian Officers recently said, ``If the British Empire was won on the playing fields
of Eton, then Desert Storm was won in the corridors of Fort Leavenworth.'' As we enter
the 21st century, the tradition continues.
Every professional Army Officer, whether active duty, Army Reserve, or National Guard,
comes to us at some stage during his or her career. Because America's wars are now joint
in nature, we also educate many sister service officers-Air Force, Navy and Marine. General
Gordon Sullivan, a former Army Chief of Staff, stated it best when he said, ``Fort Leaven-
worth is the jewel in the crown of the Army's school system and the main repository of our
professional knowledge and research.'' Ours is a great center of teaching and learning: the
heart, soul, and brain of your Army.
Continuing the tradition begun in 1854 with the founding of Leavenworth City, Fort
Leavenworth is proud and fortunate to enjoy a strong and enduring relationship with the
people of the State of Kansas. The college's ``Partnership with Industry'' program allows our
students to work with leaders from many local industries to research and solve ``Real World''
business problems. Both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas offer coop-
erative degree programs to our students. We sponsor visits to their schools and ROTC
programs. Several of our college staff and faculty serve as adjunct faculty at Kansas colleges
The International Officers present here with you today truly demonstrate that Fort Leav-
enworth has, in fact, now become a ``Gateway to the World.'' This diverse group of highly
competent and professional officers from 74 different countries mirrors the global society
in which we live today. Their very diversity and presence here is a true signal that the cold
war is behind us.
This day is an important part of the education offered to our International Students. The
opportunity for them to attend a session of the Kansas State Legislature is a proud moment
for us as Americans for we are, in fact, sharing our democratic heritage and values. Coupled
with their visits to many Kansas Industries and Schools, this session is atremendous enhancer
to their understanding of Americans and our way of life.
Since our first International Officer, Swiss Army Lieutenant Henry LeCompte, attended
the course in 1894, we have hosted some 6,000 officers from 142 countries. Over 40% of
these officers have attained General Officer Rank. Twenty-three of them have become the
head of state in their respective countries. In contrast, only one American graduate--Kansas'
own Dwight David Eisenhower--became President of the United States. An even greater
number of these International graduates have served in key cabinet positions and as am-
bassadors for their nations.
We are proud that these International Officers take back to their countries a view of
America which was forged in Kansas and at Fort Leavenworth. Many local civilian sponsors
generously volunteer their time and home to help us provide a positive view of American
culture. These generous individuals play a critical role in shaping international attitudes
towards us as a people and a nation.
As we progress deeper into the post-cold war era, the importance of international military
relationships becomes ever more important. As recent humanitarian and peace keeping
efforts around the world show, American Soldiers more often than not will be standing side
by side with soldiers of the armies represented here. In the continuing progression of man-
kind toward democracy and human rights, international military cooperation will become
the norm. If you wish to gauge the extent of this cooperation for yourself, simply examine
Fort Leavenworth, where it is practiced on a daily and routine basis.
On behalf of all of us at Fort Leavenworth, I am deeply grateful for your hospitality today
in allowing us to visit and observe government in action. Thank you very much for your
The Senators joined President Bond in welcoming the International Officers.
The International Officers and the countries represented were:
Albania--Lieutenant Colonel Zija Bahja
Algeria--Captain Hannache Nacer
Argentina--Major Guillermo Alejandro Saa
Australia--Major Simon Roach, Major Martin Ignatius Faulkner
Bangladesh--Major Mustafa Ahmed Saqeb
Belgium--Major Rudy Debaene
Belize--Major Cedric Andrew Borland
Benin--Major Honore Agnou Basso
Bolivia--Major Jose Antonio Agreda Mendivil
Botswana--Lieutenant Colonel Gaolathe Galebotswe
Brazil--Lieutenant Colonel Jose Julio Dias Barreto
Bulgaria--Major Iordan Petrov Iordanov
Cambodia--Major Kay Yomea
Cameroon--Captain Eyong Tambong Ebot
Canada--Major Joseph Serge Caron, Major Paul Anthony Duff
Croatia--Colonel Zdravko Klanac
Czech Republic--Captain Martin Kavalir
Denmark--Captain Kenn Bille Iversen
Ecuador--Lieutenant Colonel Carlos A. Vintimilla P.
United Arab Emirates--Major Salem Ali Abdullah Al Mazrooei
United Kingdom--Major Edward Hammond Rivers Marlow, Major Peter Sean Rafferty
Venezuela--Lieutenant Colonel Braz Sousa Freytas, Major Roman Alberto Pineda Rivas
Zimbabwe--Major Freedom Simon Tsodzai
Senator Umbarger introduced as guests of the Senate his parents, Irvin and Bernice
Umbarger, Thayer, and Rev. Bill Caudle, Grant Ave. Baptist Church, Chanute.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS
The following bills were introduced and read by title:
SB 610, An act concerning intoxicating liquors and beverages; relating to the definition
of certain terms; amending K.S.A. 41-102 and repealing the existing section, by Committee
on Federal and State Affairs.
SB 611, An act relating to the transfer of certain property on grounds formerly called
``Schilling Air Force Base,'' Salina, Kansas, to the occupational center of central Kansas,
inc., Salina, Kansas, by Joint Committee on State Building Construction.
SB 612, An act concerning school district finance; increasing base state aid per pupil;
affecting determination of at-risk, low enrollment, and correlation weightings; providing
state grants for education technology plans; amending K.S.A. 72-3703, 72-3710 and 72-6428
and K.S.A 1997 Supp. 72-6407, 72-6410, 72-6412, 72-6414 and 72-6442 and repealing the
existing sections, by Senators Vidricksen, Barone, Downey, Gilstrap and Goodwin.
SB 613, An act concerning school district finance; increasing base state aid per pupil;
affecting determination of at-risk, low enrollment, and correlation weightings; amending
K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 72-6407, 72-6410, 72-6412, 72-6414 and 72-6442 and repealing the ex-
isting sections, by Senators Hensley, Barone, Biggs, Downey, Feleciano, Gilstrap, Gooch,
Goodwin, Jones, Karr, Lee, Petty and Steineger.
SB 614, An act making and concerning appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30,
1999, for the department of health and environment; authorizing certain transfers and im-
posing certain restrictions and limitations, and directing or authorizing certain receipts and
disbursements and acts incidental to the foregoing, by Committee on Judiciary.
SB 615, An act concerning the Kansas code for care of children; relating to definitions;
reporting requirements; violations of orders; amending K.S.A. 38-1568 and K.S.A. 1997
Supp. 38-1502 and 38-1522 and repealing the existing sections; also repealing K.S.A. 1997
Supp. 38-1502b, by Committee on Judiciary.
SB 616, An act concerning the Kansas code for care of children; relating to post-termi-
nation dispositional alternatives following voluntary relinquishment of parental rights, by
Committee on Judiciary.
SB 617, An act concerning the Kansas public employees retirement system and systems
thereunder; relating to retirement benefits; amendingK.S.A. 1997 Supp. 74-4988 and re-
pealing the existing section, by Joint Committee on Pensions, Investments and Benefits.
SB 618, An act concerning the Kansas public employees retirement system; relating to
criminal penalty for making false statements; amending K.S.A. 74-4924 and repealing the
existing section, by Joint Committee on Pensions, Investments and Benefits.
SB 619, An act concerning the Kansas public employees retirement system; relating to
purchase of service credit; amending K.S.A. 74-4919i and K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 74-4919n,
74-4919p, 74-4919q and 74-4936a and repealing the existing sections, by Joint Committee
on Pensions, Investments and Benefits.
SB 620, An act concerning the Kansas public employees retirement system and systems
thereunder; relating to benefits; elections; prior service; disability; amending K.S.A. 20-
2601a and 74-4953 and K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 74-4902, 74-4911, 74-4913, 74-4952, 74-4956,
74-4960, 74-4960a and 74-4992 and repealing the existing sections, by Joint Committee on
Pensions, Investments and Benefits.
SB 621, An act relating to income taxation; providing for a credit therefrom for costs of
certain child passenger safety restraining systems, by Senators Hensley and Petty.
SB 622, An act providing for licensure of physician assistants; providing for the regulation
of the practice thereof; granting certain powers and imposing certain duties upon the state
board of healing arts; amending K.S.A. 40-2,111, 65-118, 65-6135 and 75-6102 and K.S.A.
1997 Supp. 38-135, 65-4915, 65-6112 and 65-6701 and repealing the existing sections; also
repealing K.S.A. 65-2896a, 65-2896b, 65-2896c, 65-2896d, 65-2896e, 65-2896f, 65-2896g,
65-2896h, 65-2897a and 65-2897b and K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 65-2896, by Committee on Public
Health and Welfare.
SB 623, An act concerning school records of pupils; amending K.S.A. 72-5386 and re-
pealing the existing section, by Senator Goodwin.
REFERENCE OF BILLS AND CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS
The following bills and resolutions were referred to Committees as indicated:
Assessment and Taxation: HB 2631.
Education: SB 604, 605.
Elections and Local Government: HB 2683.
Energy and Natural Resources: HB 2419, 2783; HCR 5030.
Federal and State Affairs: SB 606.
Financial Institutions & Insurance: HB 2718.
Judiciary: SB 607, 608, 609.
Transportation and Tourism: SCR 1617; HB 2618, 2621, 2687.
Ways and Means: HB 2613.
CHANGE OF REFERENCE
The President withdrew SB 444 from the Calendar under the heading of General Orders,
and rereferred the bill to the Committee on Education.
The President withdrew SB 595 from the Committee on Judiciary, and referred the bill
to the Committee on Public Health and Welfare.
CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO CONCUR OR NONCONCUR
Senator Emert moved the Senate Concur in house amendments to SB 8.
SB 8, An act enacting the uniform fraudulent transfer act.
On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 39, nays 0, present and passing 0; absent or not voting 1.
SB 540, An act concerning crimes, punishment and criminal procedure; relating to au-
thorized dispositions and violations of conditions of release; amending K.S.A. 75-5217 and
K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 21-4603d and repealing the existing sections.
On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 39, nays 0, present and passing 0; absent or not voting 1.
HB 2707, An act relating to sales taxation; authorizing Atchison county to impose a sales
tax for jail construction purposes; amending K.S.A. 1997 Supp. 12-187 and 12-189 and
repealing the existing sections.
On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 39, nays 0, present and passing 0; absent or not voting 1.
Committee on Assessment and Taxation recommends SB 543 be amended on page
2, in line 22, after ``the'' by inserting ``address or, if the address is unknown, the''; in line
23, after ``sales'' by inserting ``of other residential real property''; and the bill be passed as
Committee on Elections and Local Government recommends SB 454, 455 be
Committee on Judiciary recommends SB 448 be amended on page 1, in line 19, by
striking ``householders'' and inserting ``residents''; also in line 19, by striking ``judicial district''
and inserting ``county''; in line 20, after ``filed'' by inserting ``or a contiguous county, who
have experience in the valuation of real estate,''; and the bill be passed as amended.
Also SB 536 be amended on page 47, in line 7, after ``Supp.'' by inserting ``59-2946a,'';
On page 1, in the title, in line 24, after ``65-5229'' by inserting ``; also repealing K.S.A.
1997 Supp. 59-2946a''; and the bill be passed as amended.
Committee on Transportation and Tourism recommends SCR 1617 be adopted.
Also SB 542 be amended on page 4, in line 4, by striking ``$2'' and inserting ``$3''; on
page 8, in line 14, by striking ``$2'' and inserting ``$3''; and the bill be passed as amended.
REPORT ON ENROLLED BILLS
SR 1811 reported correctly enrolled, properly signed and presented to the Secretary of
the Senate on February 10, 1998.
On motion of Senator Emert the Senate adjourned until 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, February