Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 44-1003 is hereby amended to read as follows: 44-1003. (a) There is hereby created the Kansas human rights commission. The commission shall consist of seven members, two of whom shall be representative of industry, two of whom shall be repre- sentative of labor, one of whom shall be a person authorized to practice law in this state, one of whom shall be a representative of the real estate industry, and one of whom shall be appointed at large, to be known as commissioners. No more than four members of the commission shall be from the same political party. Members of the commission shall be ap- pointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate as provided in K.S.A. 75-4315b and amendments thereto. Except as provided by K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 46-2601 and amendments thereto, no person appointed to the commission shall exercise any power, duty or function as a member of the commission until confirmed by the senate. One member shall be designated by the governor as chairperson and shall preside at all meet- ings of the commission and perform all the duties and functions of chair- person.
(b) The commission may designate one member to act as chairperson during the absence or incapacity of the chairperson, and, when so acting, the member designated shall have and perform all the duties and func- tions of the chairperson of the commission.
(c) Except as provided by subsection (d), the term of
office of each member of the commission shall be four years and
until a successor is
Any member chosen to fill a vacancy occurring other than by
expiration of term shall be appointed for the unexpired term of the
(d) The terms of members who are serving on the commission on the effective date of this act shall expire on January 15, of the year on which such member's term would have expired under the provisions of this sec- tion prior to amendment by this act. Thereafter, members shall be ap- pointed for terms of four years and until their successors are appointed and confirmed.
(d) (e) A majority of the current
members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the purpose
of conducting the business of the commission, except as otherwise
provided in this section. Vacancies on the commission shall not
impair the right of the remaining members to exercise all the
powers of the commission. (e) (f) Members of the Kansas human
rights commission attending meetings of the commission, or
attending a subcommittee meeting thereof authorized by the
commission, shall be paid compensation, sub- sistence allowances,
mileage and other expenses as provided in K.S.A. 75- 3223 and
amendments thereto. (f) (g) The commission shall employ a
full-time executive director who shall be in the unclassified
service under the Kansas civil service act and who shall receive an
annual salary fixed by the commission, with the approval of the
governor. The commission shall employ such professional staff and
full or part-time legal, stenographic and clerical assistants as
necessary to carry out the provisions of this act and shall fix the
amount of their compensation. The commission also may employ or may
contract for the services of qualified hearing examiners to conduct
hearings. In addition, the commission may employ or may contract
for the services of qualified hearing examiners pro tem when
necessitated by the incapacity or disqualification of the other
hearing examiners. All hearing examiners shall be admitted to
practice law before the supreme court of Kansas. The appointment
and compensation of legal counsel, except those mem- bers of the
legal staff serving as hearing examiners, shall be approved by the
attorney general. (g) (h) On July 1, 1991, the commission
on civil rights shall become the Kansas human rights commission.
The Kansas human rights com- mission shall be a continuation of the
commission on civil rights and members and employees of the
commission on civil rights shall continue as members and employees
of the Kansas human rights commission. All rules and regulations
and orders of the commission on civil rights shall be deemed rules
and regulations and orders of the Kansas human rights commission.
All properties, moneys, appropriations, rights and authorities
vested in the commission on civil rights shall be vested in the
Kansas human rights commission. Whenever the commission on civil
rights, or words of like effect, is referred to or designated by
any statute, contract or other document, such reference or
designation shall be deemed to apply to the Kansas human rights
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 44-1003 and 44-1003a are hereby re- pealed.
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.
Approved May 11, 1996.