KACSO EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
March 17, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.
400 W. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67202
AVI Private Dining Room
CALL TO ORDER:
Chris Esquibel, 29th (Interim President), Tom Weishaar, 1st (Vice-President), Jennifer Fogg, 1st (Secretary), Spence Koehn, 4th (Parliamentarian), Mike Clark, 21st (Training), Stephanie Springer, 27th (Membership/Nominations), Kelsey Cox, 18th (Interim Public Relations)
The Interim President, Chris Esquibel (29th), called the meeting to order. February 18, 2016 and March 17, 2016 minutes will be reviewed at the April 12, 2016 meeting.
Mike Clark (21st) is working on who will introduce Judge Fleetwood from the 18th as the welcome speaker.
Chris Esquibel (29th) passed out a copy of the invitation to conference that he will be sending out to OJA. He will also send out an invitation through email to the Legislatures.
Tom Weishaar (1st) reported that the Department of Revenue contacted him regarding KACSOs application for fundraising, and was told that the application was not necessary since we did not expect to collect more than $25,000.
The board discussed having a banquet speaker, and all agreed not to have one.
Kelsey Cox (18th) reported that she had 3 State Troopers who wanted to attend the Friday 9am-12pm Legalization of Marijuana session, and wanted to know if we could work with them on the cost of attendance. The board discussed the amount to charge for a half day session, and agreed for a nonmember charge of $60.00 and $45.00 for members.
MOTION: Spence Koehn (4th) made a motion to adopt a new standing rule that a half day conference session be $60.00 for nonmembers and $45.00 for members. Mike Clark (21st) second the motion; motion carried 7-0.
The final contract is out for Junction City, KS, and will be signed off on next Monday.
Next site selection will be at the Drury Inn in Wichita, KS for Spring 2018. If the conference in April 2016 goes well, KACSO will ask for them to write up another contract.
The bill passed out of the House Committee.
Cody McArthur testified on the bill last Friday.
The District Attorney’s Office has now moved to being Neutral for the bill.
This bill is likely dead, as the Chair has no intentions to work this bill.
Tom Weishaar (1st) testified against this bill, and stated that the other testimonies in opposition were good. It appeared that there were only a few Legislatures who seemed in favor of this bill.
This bill is dead, but is projected to return next year. DOC stated that they are planning on what they will submit for next year.
OJA was asked what their stance on this bill would be, and they stated that they wanted to wait and see what the Justices were going to do.
The board agreed that they would like to meet with OJA and the Justices to see what action Court Services should take.
$2 million dollars was spent on the efficiency study, and something will be done with that information.
Under a state law passed last year, city and county governments will have to hold a public vote if they want to raise spending by more than an adjusted Consumer Price Index rate to be set by the state of Kansas.
If voters don’t approve spending increases, cities and counties will have to cut their property tax rates to adjust to the spending level allowed by the state.
The board discussed whether or not to keep the “In Memory” section of the program, and all agreed to leave it in the program.
Once the program is completed, it will be sent to the board members for approval.
There will be a meeting in the next couple of weeks.
The board discussed how the Advisory Board should become CSOs “voice” again, and how it was ran a few years back.
Chris Esquibel (29th) agreed to bring up consolidation with the Advisory Board.
Next step is sending out an email to all the Chiefs asking what training them and their staff believe CSOs need.
After the information is obtained, OJA will decide what will be mandatory for everyone and for each agency.