SB 419 Modifies the law currently prohibiting Kansas City police officers from participating in some political activities
Sponsor: Kraus
LR Number: 1893S.01I Fiscal Note:
Committee: General Laws
Last Action: 3/10/2011 - Second Read and Referred S General Laws Committee Journal Page: S437
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2011

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SB 419 - This act repeals provisions of law which currently prohibit any Kansas City police officer from belonging to a political party committee; being a ward committeeman or committeewoman; or making contributions of any kind for political activity. Also repealed is a provision that prohibits any person from soliciting a police officer or a member of the police board for any political purpose.

Current law prohibits a Kansas City officer or employee from soliciting any person to vote for or against a candidate for public office, "poll precincts", or be connected with similar political work for a political organization, party, or candidate. This act prohibits those activities while the officer is on duty or in uniform.

Under this act, no officer or employee of the Kansas City Police Department may be a candidate for partisan public office.

This act is similar to SB 18 (2007), SB 189 (2009), and SB 579 (2010).

MEGHAN LUECKE