HCS SCS SB 719 -- KANSAS AND MISSOURI METROPOLITAN CULTURAL DISTRICT

SPONSOR: Wiggins (Hoppe)

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Local Government and Related Matters by a vote of 18 to 2.

This substitute makes several changes in the Kansas and Missouri Metropolitan Cultural District. The substitute:

(1) Expands the membership of the board of directors by 2 members;

(2) Includes sports in the definition of "cultural activities." The definition of "cultural facility" is also expanded to include facilities operated or used for sports;

(3) Designates specific election dates for the approval of new tax levies. No new levy may be submitted to the voters before January 1, 2002; and

(4) Specifies that no new tax levy will be dedicated exclusively to sports or sports facilities.

FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this bill expands the uses of the cultural district tax money. An example of the commission's work is Union Station in Kansas City. Citizens would need to approve new uses. Citizens might want to use the funds for a soccer stadium.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Wiggins; Kansas-Missouri Cultural District Commission; Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; Missouri Chamber of Commerce; and City of Kansas City.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Steve Bauer, Legislative Analyst