Proposed Kansas Bill would allow people with criminal convictions to hold office as Sheriff?


HB 2022 would, by all appearances, allow people with criminal records to hold the office of sheriff in counties across the state of Kansas.

Introduced by the House Judiciary Committee, the bill would remove language disqualifying a person from holding the office of sheriff if the person has been convicted of a violation of state law, federal law, or city ordinance regarding gambling, liquor or narcotics.

The bill would also add language disqualifying a person from holding the office of sheriff if that person has been convicted of a misdemeanor in the last five years prior to the election of appointment.

Full text of HB 2022

Because the bill was introduced by the committee, we are unable to ascertain which state legislator actually introduced this bill, or why.

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