Chapter 230

An Act concerning training and retraining programs; relating to employees of closed
institutions; amending K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 76-12a01 and repealing the existing section.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

New Section 1. (a) ``Institution'' has the meaning ascribed thereto by K.S.A. 76-12a01, and amendments thereto.

(b) Any entity which provides services which were previously pro- vided by an institution, but which the institution no longer provides due to the institution's closure, scheduled closure or cessation or reduction of operation due to budget reductions, shall receive top priority considera- tion for any business assistance program administered by the department of commerce and housing for which the entity is eligible. Such priority shall be greater than the priority established in K.S.A. 74-50,133, and amendments thereto.

(c) The provisions of this act shall expire 12 months after closure of both Winfield state hospital and Topeka state hospital.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 76-12a01 is hereby amended to read as follows: 76-12a01. As used in this act, unless the context otherwise re- quires:

(a) ``Secretary'' means the secretary of social and rehabilitation serv- ices.

(b) ``Institution'' means the following institutions: Topeka state hos- pital, Osawatomie state hospital, Rainbow mental health facility, Larned state hospital, Parsons state hospital and training center, Norton state hospital, Winfield state hospital and training center, and Kansas neuro- logical institute.

(c) ``Director'' or ``commissioner'' means the commissioner of mental health and developmental disabilities.

Sec. 3. K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 76-12a01 is hereby repealed.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the Kansas register.

Approved May 11, 1996.

Published in the Kansas Register: May 23, 1996.