Get political for animals! The HSLFKS is the state’s leading political advocacy organization for animals, supporting candidates for office based on their records or positions on animal issues rather than on political party or affiliation. We are actively involved in the legislative process at the State Capitol in Topeka and are working to oppose or support the following bills. To access additional information regarding bills currently under consideration in the Kansas Legislature go to www.kslegislature.org and click on Bill Finder on the left-side of the screen.
The 2018 Legislative Session has ended. Please find our bill review below.
HB 2516: The Kids and Pets Left in Hot Cars Bill - Support
Our organization spearheaded the effort to pass this critical legislation through the Kansas Legislature, working with Representatives, Senators and other allies to build both legislative and public support for HB 2516. This law gives good Samaritans the legal right (under certain conditions) to break a window to help a vulnerable person or animal left in a hot car. The bill passed the Kansas Senate unanimously with a final action vote of 40-0. The bill was signed by Gov. Colyer on April 5th and went into effect July 1st.
HB 2477: Relating to the Kansas Pet Animal Act - Support
Our organization amended HB 2477 in the Senate to include unannounced facility inspections, a hefty fee for no-show licensees and/or failed inspections. It also replaced burdensome fee increases on shelters and licensees with a more modest fee. The bill, including our amendments, received a received a resounding "concur" vote (116-4) in the House and was signed by Gov. Colyer on April 16th.
SB 427: Amendment to Reinstate Greyhound Racing in Kansas - Oppose
Greyhound racing is a financially irresponsible scheme that causes tremendous suffering to thousands of greyhounds and our organization worked to oppose the effort to bring it back to our state. SB 427 was defeated on a final action vote of 20-17 after a four hour debate on the floor. Unfortunately, we expect this issue to return next year but for now, we celebrate that the majority of our Senate agreed to keep these gentle spirits off the race track.
SB 162/HB 2276: Related to the Dangerous Regulated Animal Act - Support
This bill amends the Dangerous Regulated Animal Act to ban private ownership of non-human primates and wolves. HB 2276 had a hearing in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee on March 22. The bill received support from the Kansas American Zoological Association, Kansas Animal Control Association, HSLF of Kansas, HSUS, shelters and others. The bill was opposed by Tanganyika Wildlife Park and a private USDA-licensed rescue.
While the bill did not advance this session, it can be revisited in 2019.
HB 2302: Relating to the Custody and Disposition of Cruelly Treated Animals - Support
This bill strengthens and streamlines the statutes governing the crimes of cruelty to animals and dog fighting. The update to the law will help local governments and law enforcement recover the cost of animal care in cruelty cases. In addition, the bill prohibits animals from being returned to or remain with a person adjudicated guilty of animal cruelty, a priority for policy makers.
HB 2302 was signed into law by the Governor on May 5th, 2017 and went into effect July 1st, 2017.