As Amended by House Committee on

Federal and State Affairs


The bill would make numerous changes to the statutes under which private detectives are licensed and regulated. Major changes are summarized below.

Firearm Training Review Board

New License Categories

Changes Regarding Who Must Be Licensed

Changes Regarding Who Would Not Have

to Be Licensed Under the Act

Changes to the Application Process

New Qualifications for Licensure

Pre-licensure Background Check

Pre-licensure Examination

Grounds for License Denial

New Disciplinary Actions and Procedures

Grounds for Disciplinary Action

Licensees' Responsibility for Employees

Requirement to Report Criminal Offenses

Written Reports

New Authority

Access to Private Property


Liability Insurance Coverage

Access to Records

Preemption of Firearm Permit Regulation

Qualifications for Obtaining a Firearm Permit

Firearm Permit and Badge

Required Report of Discharge of Firearm

Disciplinary Action Against a Firearm Permitee

Firearm Trainers

Firearms Trainers' Knowledge Base

Other Provisions


The bill was requested by the Kansas Association of Private Investigators. Testimony in support of the bill was presented to the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs by several representatives of the Association. Written testimony in support only of the provision that would allow private detectives to use badges for identification was presented to the Committee by the Chiefs of Police from Shawnee, Merriam, and Mission.

The bill was opposed by a representative of the Attorney General.

The House Committee amended the bill to require that firearm permit badges be silver and include the phrase licensed private detective.

Other bills that would amend the private detective licensing statutes include S.B. 322 and H.B. 2267.

The fiscal note prepared by the Division of the Budget states that the Attorney General would need the equivalent of one half-time Assistant Attorney General for six months to oversee the process of implementing the bill and drafting new rules and regulations. However, according to the fiscal note the additional staff time could be absorbed within the agency's current staffing level. The fiscal note also states that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) indicated that implementation of the bill would require an additional Office Specialist. The additional expenditure by the KBI was estimated to be $26,873 for FY 1998. The fiscal note was prepared for the introduced version of the bill in 1997 and does not reflect any expenditures that might result from amendments to the bill.

1. *Supplemental notes are prepared by the Legislative Research Department and do not express legislative intent. The supplemental note and fiscal note for this bill may be accessed on the Internet at