SCS/HB 563 - This act modifies provisions relating to political subdivisions.
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 identical to provisions in SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 271 (2021), SS#2/SCS/SB 27 (2021) and 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 provisions in SB 233 (2021) and to a provision in SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 271 (2021) and to the truly agreed to and finally passed SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 1854 (2020), which was vetoed by the Governor, and is 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.
This provisions is identical to a provision in SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 271 (2021).
BOND REQUIREMENTS FOR COUNTY RECORDERS OF DEEDS (Sections 59.021 and 59.100)
The 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 able 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 of 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. For 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 provisions in SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 271 (2021), SCS/HCS/HB 685 (2021), SS/SCS/SB 27 (2021), and SCS/SB 62 (2021) and substantially similar to SB 987 (2020), the truly agreed to and finally passed SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 1854 (2020), which was vetoed by the Governor, and SB 468 (2019).
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 identical to provisions in SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 271 (2021) and 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).
SPRINGFIELD LAND BANK (Section 140.981)
Current law authorizes the City of St. Joseph to establish a land bank agency. This act also authorizes the City of Springfield to establish a land bank agency.
ANNEXATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS (Section 162.441)
Under current law, a school district may be attached to a community college district or to one or more adjacent seven-director school districts by a majority vote in the school district.
This act repeals a provision in current law specifying the format in which the question for such annexation shall be submitted to the voters. This act requires that the question of whether to void any annexation completed pursuant to this act and to return to the boundaries of the previous school district be approved by the county commission in which the school district is located and requires the ballot language to include the tax rate and assessed valuation of the school district prior to and after approval.
These provisions are substantially similar to provisions in SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 271 (2021) and SS/SCS/SB 152 (2021).
COMMON SEWER DISTRICTS (Section 204.569)
Under current law, when an unincorporated sewer subdistrict of a common sewer district has been formed, the board of trustees of the common sewer district shall have the power to issue bonds, and the issuance of such bonds shall require the assent of 4/7 of the voters of the subdistrict on the question. This act states that as an alternative to such vote, if the subdistrict is a part of a common sewer district located in whole or in part in certain counties, bonds may be issued for such subdistrict if the question receives the written assent of 3/4 of the customers, as such term is defined in the act, of the subdistrict.
This provision is identical to a provision in SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 271 (2021) and SS/SB 44 (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 both applicants are at least 18 years of age and at least one of the applicants is a resident of the county in which the application was submitted.
These provisions are identical to provisions in SS#2/SCS/HCS/HB 271 (2021), SCS/HCS/HB 685 (2021), SCS/SB 62 (2021), and HB 144 (2021).
MARY GRACE BRUNTRAGER