SB 189 Modifies the law currently prohibiting Kansas City police officers from participating in some political activities
Sponsor: Shields
LR Number: 1103S.03C Fiscal Note: 1103-03
Committee: General Laws
Last Action: 5/15/2009 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SCS for SB 189-Shields Journal Page:
Title: SCS SB 189 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2009

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SCS/SB 189 - Currently, Kansas City police officers and department employees are prohibited from belonging to a political party committee or serving as a ward committee person. Under this act, such officers and employees shall instead be prohibited from holding a partisan political office. This act repeals the provision of law which currently prohibits any Kansas City police officer or department employee from making contributions of any kind for political activity. Kansas City police officers and department employees shall be prohibited from soliciting any person to vote for or against any political candidate, party, or organization only while on duty, in uniform, or wearing clothing with any symbol, insignia, or words indicating his or her employment with the department.

This act also repeals the provision which prohibits any person from soliciting a police officer or a member of the police board for any political purpose. Currently, officers are prohibited from allowing solicitations for contributions in police facilities. This act would also prohibit them from performing such solicitations in police facilities.

This act is similar to SB 18 (2007).