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55-609. Assessment of costs of administering K.S.A. 55-601 through 55-613; disposition of moneys. (a) Subject to the provisions of K.S.A. 55-143, and amendments thereto, the state corporation commission is hereby authorized and directed to tax and assess against the parties involved in any hearing or application all or any part of the costs incurred therein and also, all or any part of the costs to the state incurred in making necessary investigations and in enforcing its orders under K.S.A. 55-601 to 55-613, inclusive, and amendments thereto, and divide such costs among the parties in such proportion as is just and equitable.

(b) The state corporation commission shall remit all moneys received by or for it for costs taxed and assessed under this section to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury. Ten percent of each such deposit shall be credited to the state general fund and the balance shall be credited to the conservation fee fund created by K.S.A. 55-143, and amendments thereto.

(c) Assessments imposed on the basis of a volume measure of production under the authority of this section shall be reported and remitted in the manner provided in K.S.A. 79-4230, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1931, ch. 226, § 9; L. 1957, ch. 312, § 2; L. 1971, ch. 187, § 5; L. 1978, ch. 211, § 6; L. 1986, ch. 204, § 4; L. 1986, ch. 201, § 39; L. 2001, ch. 5, § 196; L. 2011, ch. 53, § 21; July 1.

Revisor's Note:

Section was amended twice in 1986 Session, see also 55-609c.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Oil and Gas: The Corporation Commission's Role in Evaluating the Prudence of Operations in Statutory Unitization," Richard A. Forster, 24 W.L.J. 191 (1984).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Use of conservation fee funds. 86-138.

Assessment of costs of administering K.S.A. 55-601 et seq.; disposition of moneys. 87-70.


1. Provision for 20% to general fund unconstitutional; police power exceeded. Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. v. Fadely, 183 K. 803, 804, 805, 806, 807, 808, 332 P.2d 568.

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