Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kansas SB 39: Residency Restrictions

Scarecrow: I haven't got a brain... only straw. 
Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain? 
Scarecrow: I don't know... But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they? 
Dorothy: Yes, I guess you're right.  --From "The Wizard of Oz"

Dorothy is not the only one not in Kansas anymore. The Kansas legislature is playing the part of the Scarecrow by leaving their brains at home while working to pass a residency restriction law, Kansas SB 39. What makes this law Shiitake worthy is not the law itself, but the story behind it. You see, when Iowa passed the nation's most stringent residency law in 2005, there were so many "unintended" consequences (actually, more like "ignored collateral consequences"), that Kansas not only rejected a residency law, they passed a moratorium against any municipality looking to pass any similar laws. Now after so many years, they forgot all these years of research and is currently trying to pass this law. Never mind the fact it's been stymied a full year now.

It is being pushed by the ALEC special interest group Kansas Rights 4 Kids, and sponsored by Senator Robert Olson.

Kansas Legislative site for the bill:

Short Title

Sub for SB39 by Committe on Judiciary; creating the classification of "aggravated sex offender" and establishing residency restrictions.
Here is the "sponsor" for this stupid bill
Senator Robert Olson


Capitol Office

Room: 441-E
Seat: 19
Phone: 785-296-7358

Home Information

19050 West 161st Street
Olathe, KS 66062
Phone: 913-302-3135

Business Information

Occupation: Contractor
Phone: 913-302-3135

Other Information


  1. Ding Dong! The Bill is dead. Which old Bill? The Wicked Bill SB 39!
    Ding Dong! The Wicked Bill is dead.
    Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
    Wake up, the Wicked Bill is dead. It's gone where the goblins go,
    Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
    Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
    Let them know
    The Wicked Bill is dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. LOL that was hilarious! This abomination should never have existed. Thankfully Kansasians... or is it Kansasites?... saw how stupid this bill is.

  3. Is it just me or does that guy actually look like the Cowardly Lion? :)

  4. He has the body of the cowardly lion but the brain of the tinman.