An Act concerning tobacco; relating to the master settlement agreement;
appeal bonds in certain litigation.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

      Section  1. (a) The appeal bond that an appellant in civil litigation
under any legal theory, involving a signatory or a successor to a signatory
of the master settlement agreement, as defined in K.S.A. 2002 Supp. 50-
6a02, and amendments thereto, may be required to post to stay execution
on a judgment during an appeal or discretionary review shall be set in
accordance with existing law and court rules, except that in no case shall
an appeal bond exceed $25,000,000, regardless of the total value of the

      (b) If it is proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the ap-
pellant for whom the bond has been limited pursuant to this section is
intentionally dissipating or diverting assets outside of the ordinary course
of its business for the purpose of avoiding payment of the judgment, the
court shall enter such orders as are necessary to prevent the dissipation
or diversion of assets.

      Sec.  2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the Kansas register.

Approved April 21, 2003.
 Published in the Kansas Register May 1, 2003.