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74-8803. Kansas racing and gaming commission. (a) There is hereby created the Kansas racing and gaming commission, consisting of five members who shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate as provided by K.S.A. 75-4315b and amendments thereto. Except as provided by K.S.A. 46-2601 and amendments thereto, no person appointed to the commission shall exercise any power, duty or function as a member of the commission until confirmed by the senate.

(b) Before appointing any person as a member of the commission, the governor shall cause the Kansas bureau of investigation to conduct a criminal history record check and background investigation of the person.

(c) The members of the commission shall meet the following qualifications:

(1) Each member shall be a citizen of the United States and an actual resident of Kansas at the time of appointment and during such member's term of office with the commission;

(2) each member shall have been a resident of Kansas for a continuous period of not less than five years immediately preceding appointment to the commission; and

(3) no member shall have been convicted of a felony under the laws of any state or of the United States at any time prior to appointment or during such member's term of office with the commission.

(d) The governor shall make appointments to the commission in such a manner that:

(1) Not more than three members belong to the same political party at the time of appointment and during their terms of office with the commission; and

(2) subject to the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4315c and amendments thereto each congressional district has at least one member residing in such district at the time of appointment.

(e) Except as provided by subsection (f), each member appointed before July 1, 1995, shall be appointed for a term of three years and until a successor is appointed and confirmed. Each member appointed on or after July 1, 1995, shall be appointed for a term of four years and until a successor is appointed and confirmed.

(f) The terms of members who are serving on the commission on the effective date of this act shall expire on January 15, of the year in which such member's term would have expired under the provisions of this section prior to amendment by this act. Thereafter, members shall be appointed for terms of four years and until their successors are appointed and confirmed.

(g) A vacancy on the commission shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the governor.

(h) The commission shall meet at such times and places within this state as the chairperson or a majority of the commission members determines. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of commission business.

(i) The governor shall designate a member of the commission as chairperson of the commission, to serve in that capacity at the pleasure of the governor. The members of the commission annually shall elect a vice-chairperson and secretary from the membership of the commission.

(j) Members of the commission shall receive such compensation as determined by the governor, subject to the limitations of appropriations therefor, and, when attending meetings of the commission, or a subcommittee meeting thereof approved by the commission, shall be paid subsistence allowances, mileage and other expenses as provided in K.S.A. 75-3223 and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1987, ch. 112, § 3; L. 1992, ch. 262, § 14; L. 1995, ch. 241, § 19; L. 1995, ch. 255, § 7; L. 1996, ch. 256, § 20; July 1.

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