Both the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Supreme Court are reaching out to the public for input on items under consideration by both parties. KDOT is seeking public input for its Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan (CPT-HSTP) and the Kansas Supreme Court is accepting comment on proposed amendments to Rule 502, affecting continuing education requirements for municipal court judges.

 

KDOT

KDOT will be hosting a series of public meetings across the state of Kansas from Tuesday, July 11-27 to hear from the public about their transportation needs and desired services. 

 

The CPT-HSTP is intended to identify the transportation needs of seniors, low-income Kansans and those with disabilities and then to provide strategies for meeting those needs. It builds off of KDOT's Regional Transit Business Model Implementation Plan, the focus of which was regionalization and bolstering coordination among transit providers with the intent of providing for improved availability of general public transportation in Kansas.

 

Public transportation is a vital part of maintaining viable communities as it provides transportation options for those who cannot or choose not to drive a personal vehicle. Having a variety of transportation options available allows more people to reach more services, potentially with a smaller impact on the environment. 

Members of the public are encouraged to attend one of the meetings in their area to "provide important input for the planning effort. Those unable to attend a meeting can view recorded video afterward at www.ksdot.org. Comments can be sent to rene.hart@ks.gov.

 

"We will incorporate strategies from this CPT-HSTP that will help us to effectively and efficiently increase mobility for Kansas' seniors, disabled and low-income residents," KDOT multi-modal planner Rene Hart said. 

 

The closest meeting to Independence will be Thursday, July 20 at 1 p.m. in Chanute, 521 Chanute 35 Parkway. 

 

Kansas Supreme Court

Supreme Court Rule 502 deals with required continuing judicial education. Under the current rule, (a) municipal judges not licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas shall earn a minimum of 10 hours of approved continuing judicial education in each calendar year, commencing with the calendar year in which the judge successfully completes the certification examination administered by the Supreme Court. (b) The Supreme Court shall approve all programs for continuing judicial education credit and shall designate the number of credit hours which can be earned by actual program attendance. (c) Each judge required by this rule to earn continuing judicial education credits shall submit an annual report of continuing education credits earned by the judge in such form and manner as the Supreme Court shall prescribe. (d) The Supreme Court may grant waivers or extensions of time to complete continuing judicial education requirements because of hardship, disability or other good cause. 

 

The Court is accepted public comment on amendments proposed to strengthen continuing education requirements for municipal court judges who do not have law licenses. It would be expanded to include more judges and require more continuing judicial education credit hours than was previously required. The full document of proposed amendments to Rule 502 can be found at www.kscourts.org under the heading "What's New" to the right hand side of the page. 

 

Kansas currently has approximately 390 municipal courts and 230 municipal court judges, about 55 of the 230 municipal court judges will be affected by the proposed amendments to Rule 502. 

 

Comment can be made by email to publiccomments@kscourts.org until 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. The subject line must read "Rule 502."