Legislation (S.B. 465) that would allow cities to enforce “nuisance abatement” procedures by notifying affected property owners by use of first-class mail instead of certified mail (with a return receipt) has been introduced in the Kansas State Legislature. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Local Government Committee on Tues., Feb. 2, 2010. Nuisance abatement laws are often used by cities to force removal of inoperable vehicles, including parts cars, stored on private property by car collectors.
We Urge You to Contact Members of the Local Government Committee (List Attached Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to S.B. 465.
- Certified mail with a signed receipt provides proof that a property owner has been properly alerted to a future enforcement action.
- Current Kansas law specifies that owners must remove items deemed “nuisances” from their properties within a period of ten days from the time of notification.
- Without actual and verified notification, owners could risk removal of valuable collector cars and parts, especially when they are not at home to receive a first class mailing.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Senate Local Government Committee immediately to request their opposition to S.B. 465. Please e-mail a copy of your letters to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance.
Kansas Senate Local Government Committee
Senator Roger Reitz - Chairperson
Senator Susan Wagle - Vice Chairperson
Senator Tim Huelskamp
Senator Terrie Huntington
Senator Bob Marshall
Senator Ralph Ostmeyer
Senator Mike Petersen
Senator Kelly Kultala
Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau