HOUSE BILL No. 2337*
An Act creating the Kansas advisory council on
prescribing the powers and duties thereof.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. (a) There is hereby
created a Kansas advisory council on
intergovernmental relations. The council shall be composed of 15
bers of whom 11 shall be appointed by the governor as follows: (1)
members shall be elected county officials of which, one shall be a
of a board of county commissioners; (2) two members shall be
city officials; (3) one member shall be an elected township
one member shall be an elected school board member; (5) two
shall be executive branch officials; and (6) three members shall be
citizens. Two members of the council shall be members of the
senate of which, one shall be appointed by the president of the
and one shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate.
members of the council shall be members of the Kansas house of
resentatives of which, one shall be appointed by the speaker of the
and one shall be appointed by the minority leader of the house.
City, county and school board members shall be
appointed from lists
of at least five nominees submitted by their respective state
Of the members appointed by the governor, no more than seven
bers shall be from any one political party.
(b) Of the first members appointed by the
governor after the effective
date of this act, one member of each city and county, the township
school board member, one executive branch member and one
citizen shall hold office for terms of two years beginning July 1,
thereafter all appointments shall be for terms of four years. The
members appointed by the governor shall be for terms of four years
ginning July 1, 2002. Legislative members shall be appointed to
which correspond to their terms of office. All members may be
pointed. Should any member cease to be a member of the unit, body
agency such person is appointed to represent, such person's
on the council shall terminate immediately and a new member shall
appointed in the same manner as the predecessor to fill the
(c) Members shall serve without salary
but may be reimbursed for
travel and other expenses actually and necessarily incurred in the
formance of their duties.
(d) The council shall each year elect
from its membership a chair-
person and a vice-chairperson, who shall serve in such capacities
year and until their successors have been elected. If both the
and vice-chairperson are absent from any meeting, the voting
present shall elect a temporary chairperson by a majority vote.
(e) Eight members of the council shall
constitute a quorum. Meetings
and subcommittee meetings of the council shall be subject to the
Sec. 2. (a) It shall be the duty of
the council to engage in continuous
study of the services provided by the various types and levels of
ment within the state, the division of responsibility for providing
financing governmental services, possibilities of improving the
tional structure and operational efficiency of the various
units serving the citizens of the state; and the state and local
and the revenue requirements and fiscal policies of the state and
units of government. The council shall give particular attention to
ernization of the structure of Kansas local government, the impact
urbanization on the organization and functions of local government,
impact of technology on the organization and functions of local
ment and the relationships between state and local governments.
(b) The council shall determine the
manner in which the existing laws
of the state relating to the subjects of its study may be
fied, rearranged, consolidated and revised to insure greater
in the governmental practices of this state. The council shall make
annual report in writing to the governor and legislature. Such
be transmitted to the legislative coordinating council on or before
cember 1, for inclusion, as the coordinating council may determine,
annual report. All recommendations requiring statutory changes
in legislative bill form. Recommendations requiring
changes shall contain the language of the proposed amendments and
to implement the recommendations. All such bills and proposed
tutional amendments shall have received approval as to form by the
visor of statutes prior to transmission thereof to the legislative
Sec. 3. Each officer, board,
commission or department of state gov-
ernment or local unit of government, shall make available to the
all facts, records, information and data requested by council and
ways cooperate with the council in carrying out its duties imposed
Sec. 4. The council shall meet as
often as may be necessary to per-
form its duties and shall meet in each congressional district of
at least once in each biennium.
Sec. 5. The council may accept
moneys from grants, gifts, bequests,
contributions or other donations.
Sec. 6. The council is hereby
authorized to engage legal counsel and
expert advisors on the subject of taxation or governmental
and procedures as may be necessary to carry out the duties of the
Compensation for such counsel and advisors shall be determined by
council within the limits of available funds.
Sec. 7. Any member of the
legislature, appointed state official or
elected public official shall have the right to attend any meeting
council; and may present such official's views on any subject which
council may be considering. Such official shall not have the right
ticipate in any decision which the council may make unless such
is a member of the council.
Sec. 8. The council may adopt such
rules of procedure, consistent
with this act, as may be necessary to carry out the powers, duties
functions of the council.
Sec. 9. This act shall take effect and be in force
from and after its
publication in the statute book.
Approved May 30, 2002.