TOPEKA – (May 6, 2014) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today commended the Kansas Legislature for its work to better protect senior citizens and consumers and to improve public safety during the 2014 legislative session. The legislature adjourned its annual session last week.
“The legislature enacted several measures to strengthen our consumer protection laws and protect senior citizens,” Schmidt said. “In addition, the budget passed by the legislature last week reflects a continued commitment to public safety.”
Schmidt proposed several measures earlier this year to the legislature to advance these priorities. The bills enacted by the legislature include:
- Expanding the Kansas No-Call Act to cover telemarketing calls to consumers’ cell phones. (S.B. 308)
- Creating a new crime of “Mistreatment of an Elder Person” to allow prosecutors to pursue stronger penalties against those who financially abuse Kansas seniors. (S.B. 256)
- Increasing the penalties for Medicaid fraud to strengthen prosecution of those who steal from the taxpayers. (S.B. 271)
- Clarifying the proper venue for electronic crimes, such as identity theft, to allow charges to be brought in the county where the victim resides. (H.B. 2478)
- Increasing the standard sentence for first-degree murder and attempted capital murder. (H.B. 2490)
- Establishing a “Blue Alert” system at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to notify the public when a law enforcement officer is wounded or killed in the line of duty and to assist in locating a suspect. (H.C.R. 5029)
- Increasing salaries for Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents and forensic scientists to help recruit and retain qualified staff. (H.B. 2231)
Schmidt thanked the legislature for supporting these proposals, which reflect his priorities of protecting Kansas senior citizens, consumers and taxpayers and strengthening public safety.