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KLRD staff members coordinate and help plan interim committee meetings and certain commissions and task forces that meet throughout the year.

During the regular legislative session, standing committees are coordinated and planned by committee assistants, who should be contacted through the office of the standing committee's chairperson.

Standing Committees are established by statute or by House or Senate Leadership that meet during the regular legislative session.

Interim Committees are either established by statute and meet outside the regular legislative session (e.g. joint committees, oversight committees, commissions, and task forces) or are created by Legislative Coordinating Council to review specified topics and legislation during the Interim.



 Agenda           Minutes            Report

Sen. Carolyn McGinn, Chairperson
Sen. Molly Baumgardner
Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau
Sen. Steve Fitzgerald
Sen. David Haley
Sen. Jacob LaTurner
Sen. Greg Smith

Rep. John Rubin, Vice-chairperson
Rep. Steve Alford

Rep. Sydney Carlin
Rep. Pete DeGraaf
Rep. Jerry Henry
Rep. Brett Hildabrand
Rep. Jim Ward

Kansas Legislative Research Dept.
Lauren Douglass
Robert Allison-Gallimore
Justin Carroll

Office of Revisor of Statutes
Jason Thompson
Katherine McBride
Natalie Scott

Connie Burns, Committee Assistant

Monitor Inmate and Juvenile-Offender Populations; Review and Study Programs and Activities of the Department of Corrections; Review Policy Choices from Data on Recidivism and Effectiveness of Youth Residential Centers; Continue Efforts at Juvenile Justice Reform; and Study Victim Notification.

The Joint Committee is directed by statute to monitor inmate and juvenile-offender populations and to review and study the programs, activities, plans, and operations of the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC).

KDOC is collecting initial data on the rate of recidivism and the overall effectiveness at Youth Residential Centers (YRCs) across the state, which may guide operational policy choices and potential legislation for the 2015 Legislative Session. The Joint Committee intends to use this data to perform a cost analysis that considers outcomes and logistical issues.

Further, the Joint Committee would like to continue efforts at juvenile justice reform begun in the 2014 Legislative Session with a study of truancy reform, the maximum age of juveniles in the system, enhanced programming for substance abuse and mental health treatment, revision to “good time” credit to piggyback prior earned credit, standardization of journal entry information, and the long-term viability of the YRC model.

  • Finally, the Joint Committee would like to study victim notification upon release of a prisoner at both the state and county level, including testimony from a representative of Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE), a nationwide, automated victim notification service.

Approved Meeting Days: 3 days

2014 Interim Information

Statutory Joint Committees Special Committees Other Task Forces, Commissions, Committees

Role of the Committees

Role of KLRD - Session

Role of KLRD - Interim

Committee Archive

2015 Interim Committees

2016 Interim Committees

2017 Interim Committees

2018 Interim Committees

Subject Index Interim Committee Reports

Kansas Legislative Research Department - Room 68-W State Capitol Building, 300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1504 -- Phone (785) 296-3181 -- kslegres@klrd.ks.gov