Community Supervision

Lindsay ArcherResearch AnalystLindsay.Archer@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4440 Meredith FryResearch AnalystMeredith.Fry@klrd.ks.gov785-296-7882 Natalie NelsonPrincipal Research AnalystNatalie.Nelson@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4418 In Kansas, three entities comprise the community supervision structure: Court Services, Community Corrections, and Parole Services. Parole Services supervises offenders released from Kansas correctional facilities on parole, post-release supervision, or conditional release. This article will focus on the functions of Court Services and Community CorrectionsContinue reading “Community Supervision”

Mail Ballot Return Deadlines

Elaina RudderResearch AnalystElaina.Rudder@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4395 Jill ShelleyPrincipal Research AnalystJill.Shelley@klrd.ks.gov785-296-8085 According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), all states offer some option for voting outside of a polling place through absentee, advance, or mail ballots (terminology varies by state). The deadline for receipt of these ballots by election officials varies by state, from the day beforeContinue reading “Mail Ballot Return Deadlines”

Juvenile Fines and Fees

Meredith FryResearch AnalystMeredith.Fry@klrd.ks.gov785-296-7882 Lindsay ArcherResearch AnalystLindsay.Archer@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4440 Jillian BlockResearch AnalystJillian.Block@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4420 In Kansas, juveniles can be assessed multiple types of fines and fees associated with their involvement in the juvenile justice system. These fines and fees include case filing fees, offender registration fees, attorney representation fees, and expungement filing fees. In addition, other costs that can beContinue reading “Juvenile Fines and Fees”

State Campaign Finance Disclosures

Elaina RudderResearch AnalystElaina.Rudder@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4395 Jillian BlockResearch AnalystJillian.Block@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4420 Campaign finance disclosure laws vary by state, but most states have two general requirements for candidates for office, political committees, and other entities that primarily work to elect or defeat candidate. They must: One purpose of disclosure laws is to provide transparency during the elections process by publishing theContinue reading “State Campaign Finance Disclosures”

Board of Indigents’ Defense Services and Judicial Branch Budget Increases

Martin de BoerFiscal AnalystMartin.deBoer@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4439 Dylan DearManaging Fiscal AnalystDylan.Dear@klrd.ks.gov785-296-0665 The Kansas Constitution vests the judicial power of the State in one court of justice, which is divided into the Kansas Supreme Court, district courts, and other courts. The Kansas Supreme Court has general administrative authority over all the courts in the state. The Judicial Branch’s budgetContinue reading “Board of Indigents’ Defense Services and Judicial Branch Budget Increases”

Delta-8 THC

Kate SmeltzerResearch AnalystKate.Smeltzer@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4407 Natalie NelsonPrincipal Research AnalystNatalie.Nelson@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4418 Martin de BoerFiscal AnalystMartin.deBoer@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4439 Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8) is a psychoactive synthetic cannabinoid found in the Cannabis sativa plant and shares similar molecular structures to delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol—commonly known as THC. Concentrated amounts of delta-8 are usually made from hemp-derived cannabidiol—commonly known as CBD. The main difference between delta-8 andContinue reading “Delta-8 THC”

COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds – Discretionary

Murl RiedelSenior Fiscal AnalystMurl.Riedel@klrd.ks.gov785-296-3184 Amy DeckardAssistant Director for Fiscal AffairsAmy.Deckard@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4429 The federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 allocates $1.6 billion from the federal State Fiscal Recovery (SFR) Fund to the State of Kansas for discretionary purposes. ARPA provides the following allowable uses: Responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economicContinue reading “COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds – Discretionary”

Medical Marijuana

Jordan MilhollandManaging Research AnalystJordan.Milholland@klrd.ks.gov785-296-3923 Leighann ThoneResearch AnalystLeighann.Thone@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4181 Medical marijuana use is legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Recreational use of marijuana is legal in 21 states and the District of Columbia. In recent years, several bills were introduced to legalize medical or recreational marijuana use in Kansas. Legislation that would have legalizedContinue reading “Medical Marijuana”

COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds – Update

Murl RiedelSenior Fiscal AnalystMurl.Riedel@klrd.ks.gov785-296-3184 Amy DeckardAssistant Director for Fiscal AffairsAmy.Deckard@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4429 This article provides a general overview of COVID-19 federal relief funds. Entities in Kansas are estimated to receive over $34.2 billion in federal relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through legislation that includes the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020,Continue reading “COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds – Update”

Medication Abortion

Elaina RudderResearch AnalystElaina.Rudder@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4395 Leighann ThoneResearch AnalystLeighann.Thone@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4181 Medication abortion, also referred to as medical abortion or the abortion pill, is a pregnancy termination method that involves the use of two medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved medication abortion in 2000. In 2016, the FDA approved a new evidence-based regimen and drug label,Continue reading “Medication Abortion”