SPONSOR: DePasco (Rizzo)

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Commerce by a vote of 22 to 0.

This substitute allows Kansas City to enact ordinances against illegal and unauthorized dumping and littering and provides for fines of up to $1,000 or imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both, for violations. In addition, the substitute establishes a landlord registration pilot project in Kansas City, beginning January 1, 2001, and ending January 1, 2006. Landlords who lease property within Kansas City are required to complete a registration form with the city; the form will require address and telephone information for the purpose of contacting landlords or their legal representative to ensure compliance with safety and code requirements. The city is required to submit an annual report to the Governor and to the General Assembly regarding the effectiveness of the registration program in promoting compliance with and enforcement of public safety and code regulations.

FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the current fine for illegal dumping is relatively low and does not serve as a deterrent.

Testifying for the bill were Senator DePasco; and City of Kansas City.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Debra Cheshier, Senior Legislative Analyst