July 28, 2009
Kansas City Star

Governor Mark Parkinson, along with Attorney General Steve Six, House Minority Leader Paul Davis and local law enforcement were in Lawrence to recognize the passing of HB 2060, the Omnibus Crime Bill, which increases public safety and aid enforcement in Kansas.
Lawrence, KS - infoZine - The event was a ceremonial signing of the legislation previously passed during the 2009 Legislative Session.

"Kansas businesses and families count on their local law enforcement to keep them safe and secure," said Parkinson. "With the Omnibus Crime Bill, law enforcement is given the additional tools they need to let Kansans rest easier. I thank the Legislature and the Attorney General for working together to pass this legislation."

"Ensuring the safety of Kansans is one the most important roles we can fulfill, but can only be accomplished with the proper tools and support," Attorney General Steve Six said. "I was glad to be a part of the process which will help law enforcement better protect Kansas families."

West Junior High was the scene of an incident which gave inspiration to the flee and elude portion of the Omnibus Crime Bill. In 2007, a sex offender attempted to lure a teenage girl into his car outside of the school, then drove off and was pursued by law enforcement. However, since the officer was not in a marked car, the offender could not be charged with fleeing and eluding. This legislation closes the legal loophole by clarifying the statute language to include "appropriately marked vehicles" for law enforcement pursuing a driver of a motor vehicle. It also clarifies the definition of "appropriately marked vehicles," qualifying vehicles with emergency lights and sirens. 

House Minority Leader Paul Davis represents Lawrence which includes the West Junior High community. "I was pleased to work with the Attorney General and bring forth this legislation to prevent future predators from escaping justice on such a technicality. Lawrence residents and all Kansans benefit from the passing of this legislation," said Davis.

HB 2060 also creates a special rule in sentencing for a violation of battery on a law enforcement officer where bodily injury occurs; and strengthens the sentence on drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, and some drug possession crimes if the offender carries or discharges a firearm during the commission or furtherance of the drug crime.

Governor Parkinson officially signed HB 2060 on May 21, 2009. The legislation went into effect after its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.