|Land Bill Signed Into Law - Will Assist with JCPRD Park Acquisition Efforts|
On April 9, Kansas Governor Bill Graves signed into law a bill which relaxes public disclosure requirements for future Johnson County Park and Recreation District land acquisition efforts.
Filed earlier this year on the District's behalf as House Bill 2708, the new law will change the way the JCPRD will have to word future ballot issues on land acquisition matters. Under the previous law, if the District wanted to purchase park land using voter-approved bonds, the ballot question had to advise voters of a fairly specific location, which officials felt encouraged speculation. District Director Michael Meadors said no other public entity in the state is required to disclose so specific a location for land acquisition. Under the new law, the District is only required to state the purpose of the bonds and name the school District where the land is located, which brings it into line with the current standard for school districts.
"We're very pleased, " Meadors said of the new law. "That should in the future make land acquisition a whole lot easier and not tip our hand."
In early April, the bill passed the State Senate with a vote of 47 to 3 after passing the Kansas House of Representatives on a vote of 94 to 26 in early March. District staff members went to testify on behalf of the bill on the Senate side in mid-March.