SB 27
Modifies provisions relating to county officials
Sponsor:
LR Number:
0469S.03P
Last Action:
3/8/2021 - H Second Read
Journal Page:
Title:
SS SCS SB 27
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
August 28, 2021

Current Bill Summary

SS/SCS/SB 27 - This act modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions.

COUNTY COURTHOUSES (Section 49.310 and 476.083)

This act provides that a presiding circuit judge may establish rules for courtrooms, jury rooms, and chambers or offices of the court in any courthouse that contains both a county office and a courtroom, while the county commission shall have authority over all other areas. Currently, a circuit court marshal appointed by a presiding circuit judge oversees the physical security of a courthouse. This act provides that the circuit court marshal oversees the physical security of courtrooms, jury rooms, and chambers of offices of the court.

These provisions are identical to SB 526 and substantially similar to HB 2513 (2021).

DOCUMENTS TO COUNTY TREASURERS (Section 50.166)

Under current law, a county clerk may transmit in the form of a warrant the amount due for a grant, salary, pay, and expenses to the county treasurer.

This act provides that, upon request, the county treasurer shall have access to any financially relevant document in the possession of any county official for the purposes of processing a warrant. If the warrant is received in the absence of a check, then the county treasurer shall have access to the information necessary to process the warrant.

Additionally, no official of any county shall refuse a request from the county treasurer for access to or a copy of any document in the possession of a county office that is financially relevant to the salaries of county officers and assistants; however, a county official may redact, remove, or delete any personal identifying information before submission to the county treasurer. Finally, no county treasurer shall refuse to release funds for the payment of any properly approved expenditure.

These provisions are substantially similar to SCS/SB 576 (2020).

SALARIES OF 2nd CLASS COUNTY CORONERS (Section 50.327)

Under current law, the compensation for non-charter county coroners is based on salary schedules established by law.

Under this act, upon majority approval of the salary commission, the annual compensation of a county coroner may be increased up to $14,000 greater than the compensation provided by the salary schedule established by law.

This provision is identical to SB 233 (2021) and identical to a provision in SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 1854 (2020) and substantially similar to SB 837 (2020).

COUNTY BUDGET OFFICERS (Section 50.530)

This amendment repeals the provision that in Cass County the presiding commissioner shall be the budget officer unless the county commission designates the county clerk as the budget officer.

BOND REQUIREMENTS FOR COUNTY RECORDERS OF DEEDS (Sections 59.021 and 59.100)

This act provides that each candidate for county recorder shall provide to the election authority a copy of an affidavit from a surety company authorized to do business in this state that indicates the candidate is about to satisfy the bond requirements of the office.

Additionally, under current law, all recorders of deeds elected in first, second, and third classification counties shall enter into bond with the state for an amount set by the county commission. However, this amount shall not be less than one thousand dollars with sufficient sureties. Under this act, these provisions shall only apply to recorders of deeds elected prior to January 1, 2022.

This act provides that all recorders of deeds elected after December 31, 2021, in first, second, and third classification counties shall enter into bond with the state for an amount set by the county commission of not be less than five thousand dollars with sufficient sureties.

These provisions are identical to SCS/SB 62 (2021) and substantially similar to SB 987 (2020) and SB 468 (2019) and substantially similar to SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 1854 (2020).

FILING PERIODS FOR CERTAIN CANDIDATES (Section 115.127)

Under current law, the period for filing a declaration of candidacy in certain political subdivisions and special districts is from 8:00 a.m. on the 16th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 11th Tuesday prior to the election. Additionally, the opening date for filing a declaration of candidacy in Kansas City, and any political subdivision or special district within Kansas City, is 8:00 a.m. on the 15th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 11th Tuesday prior to the election.

This act makes the filing period for declarations of candidacy in all political subdivisions and special districts that have not otherwise required a filing period by law or charter to be 8:00 a.m. on the 17th Tuesday prior to the election until 5:00 p.m. on the 14th Tuesday prior to the election.

These provisions are substantially similar to SB 815 (2020), a provision in the truly agreed to SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 1854 (2020), and SB 402 (2019), and HB 595 (2019).

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS REIMBURSEMENTS TO COUNTIES (Section 221.105)

Under current law, the Department of Corrections shall issue a reimbursement to a county for the actual cost of incarceration of a prisoner not to exceed certain amounts as provided in the act. However, the amount shall not be less than the amount appropriated in the previous fiscal year.

This act repeals the provision that the amount reimbursed to counties shall not be less than the amount appropriated in the previous fiscal year.

These provisions are identical to SB 511 (2021).

ONLINE APPLICATIONS OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS (Section 451.040)

This act provides that applicants for a marriage license may present an application for the license to the recorder of deeds in person or electronically through an online process.

Additionally, in the event a recorder of deeds utilizes an online process to accept applications for a marriage license or to issue a marriage license and the applicants' identity has not been verified in person, the recorder shall have a two-step identity verification process or other process that verifies the identity of the applicants. Finally, the recorder shall not accept applications for or issue marriage licenses through an online process unless at least one of the applicants is a resident of the county in which the application was submitted.

These provisions are identical to SCS/SB 62 (2021) and HB 144 (2021).

MARY GRACE BRUNTRAGER