An Act concerning the state corporation commission; relating to compromise of certain
civil penalties; amending K.S.A. 66-1,152 and repealing the existing section.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

      Section  1. K.S.A. 66-1,152 is hereby amended to read as follows: 66-
1,152. Any civil penalty may be compromised by the state corporation
commission. In determining the amount of the penalty or the amount
agreed in compromise, the appropriateness of the penalty to the size of
the business, the gravity of the violation, and the good faith of the person
charged in attempting to achieve compliance, shall be considered. The
amount of the penalty, when finally determined, or the amount agreed
upon in compromise, may be deducted from any sums owing by the state
of Kansas to the person charged or may be recovered in a civil action in
the appropriate district court. In lieu of all or part of the civil penalty, the
commission may consider and approve, before or at hearing, a require-
ment, negotiated with commission staff, that the person charged make
payment to or expenditures for a project that is related to natural gas
pipeline safety or underground utility damage prevention and benefits the
industry or community as a whole.

 Sec.  2. K.S.A. 66-1,152 is hereby repealed.
 Sec.  3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.

Approved April 6, 2000.