Daily Archives: Oct. 2, 2009

Kansas lawmakers propose double fines for bilking veterans, service families

kansas statehouseThree state lawmakers are proposing to double the fines for defrauding veterans, their surviving spouses, or families of deployed service members.

The proposal would amend the Kansas Consumer Protection Act to increase the fines from $10,000 to $20,000.

It is being proposed by Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Tim Owens, R-Overland Park, and Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie.

Double penalties already apply to fraud against the elderly and the disabled.

The expansion would affect about 237,000 veterans living in Kansas and the families of 2,200 service personnel currently deployed on active duty.

The legislators said they plan to introduce their bill when the Legislature convenes in January.

Hartman launching tour of 4th District

winkhartmanmugCongressional candidate Wink Hartman announced Friday that he’ll be embarking on a campaign tour of the 4th District.

The tour will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Bread Basket restaurant in Netwon.

Hartman also plans to make stops in east and west Wichita, Arkansas City, Wellington, El Dorado, Independence and Winfield, although scheduling details are yet to come.

Hartman, a businessman, is running the 4th District Republican nomination against Sens. Jean Schodorf and Dick Kelsey, GOP National Committeeman Mike Pompeo and businessman Jim Anderson.

Hartman was the last candidate to enter the race and several of his opponents have either already done or are doing campaign tours of the district.