Possibly the most talked about bill passed during the 2013 legislative session is HB 2052 authorizing the carrying of concealed weapons in sate and municipal buildings. The bill will go into effect throughout the state on July 1 of this year, unless cities as for exemption.
City Commissioners discussed the new legislation and have decided to ask for exemption at this time by sending a letter to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
"In the next year the commissioners will have to decide if they will allow concealed weapons in public buildings or if they want to add metal detectors and other security precautions," City Clerk, Nannette Pogue said. "It will also give them time to see how the law affects other areas of the state."
Pogue said that there are several options for the city to consider regarding this bill. First, they can decided to allow concealed weapons in all public buildings. Second, they can instal metal detectors and add security to the entrances of all public buildings and continue to refuse weapons be brought in. Third, they can examine the bill on a case by case basis and make decisions for each building individually.
The buildings that would be affected by this new bill are;
• City Hall and Municipal Court
• Airport Terminal and ancillary buildings
• Dodge City Animal Shelter
• Convention & Visitors Bureau and auxiliary offices
• Parks and Recreation Buildings:
• Cemetery office and ancillary buildings
• Golf Course Pro Shop and ancillary buildings
• Park Shop and ancillary buildings
• Sheridan Activity Center, Hennessey Hall, Soccer Complex and ancillary buildings
• Swimming pool
• Youth Complex
• Fire Department
• Police Department
• Public Works Facility and ancillary buildings
• Water Reclamation Facility
• United Wireless Event Center
• Dodge City Raceway Park
The City has until January 1, 2014 to make a decision about the new law.
In other business the commission:
• Formally installed new commissioner Jim Lembright.
• Approved the issuance of special obligation revenue bonds for the Rural Housing Incentive District Summerlon Phase III S-1 Project.
• Approved a petition and ordinance annexing an area of land on the Southwest corner of the Overpass and Highway 400. The land will be used to construct a Love's Travel Stop.
• Tabled a request for a new outdoor pool heater from the YMCA. According to Pogue, the heater went out on the city's pool last summer and was not replaced. When the YMCA took over control of that property they were aware that the heater no longer functioned and didn't think it would be a problem. After receiving several complaints this season the YMCA has decided a new heater is needed.
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