The following excerts were taken out of a letter that the President of the KAREI inspectors group in Wichita (Ashi member Kerry Parham) recently sent to their members.
AS you are aware, in the **ORIGINAL **Bill, a member of the Kansas Revisors Clerical Staff **SUPPOSEDLY **made a MISTAKE in recording (typing) the HB-2260 into the state record books / In that part of the Bill now states we’re liable for $2,000 per inspection **AND **part says $10,000. The CORRECT amount was to be $2,000 (what the House & Senate voted and agreed upon). When the CLERICAL ACCIDENTAL MISTAKE was discovered we were told by the State “NO BIG DEAL”, we’ll just introduce a new Bill NEXT year and CORRECT this for youse guys.
Well, it DIDN’T happen #1, **AND **now #2 - the TRIAL attorneys are trying to go back AND raise the limits on us next year (especially Paul Davis).
The KAREI excerpt is below.
**“LEGISLATIVE RECAP: **A recap of this year’s legislative battle is also a story of highs and lows, as several times it seemed we had all our ducks in a row only to have a group of House democrats rally enough support to shoot us down. We introduced an uncontested “blessed” bill that should have gone straight through the legislature without debate. This bill and subsequent bills introduced later were all attempts at simply correcting mistakes made by clerical staff during the previous session regarding contradictions around the $10,000/$2,000 limit of liability that was accidentally left in last year’s HB2260. On each attempt made, our bills cleared their committees with little or no opposition and then received unanimous support in the Senate, thanks in no small part to the excellent work of our lobbyist. Despite our previous lobbying and initial acceptance from minority party members, opposition suddenly materialized following a democratic breakfast held just before the first vote, and it seemed our efforts were just downhill from that point on. The ardent opposition was primarily led by attorneys Paul Davis, Marti Crow, and Jim Ward. We hope our members in Lawrence, Leavenworth, and Wichita will remember these names when they next appear on a ballot. We believe one of these House attorneys may introduce their own bill next session attempting to reinstate the previous $10,000 liability amount. This is one of the legislative perils we’ve warned about, as once you have legislation on the books you are a target. These attorneys see us as an easy mark; after all the Kansas Bar Association has us out numbered about 50 to 1”.