The Kansas Senate today passed a bill designed to limit Douglas County's financial risk in hosting a $1.5 million juvenile detention center.
Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, said the bill was passed unanimously and sent to the House.
Counties are required by state law to separate juvenile offenders from adult offenders by Jan. 1, 1993.
Four counties Crawford, Douglas, Finney and Trego have been selected to host regional juvenile detention centers in the state.
Under the plan, a new facility in Douglas County would be shared by 17 northeast Kansas counties.
The bill would amend state law to permit host counties to enter into multiyear contracts with other counties.
The contracts would provide some assurance that juvenile center construction and operation debts would be paid, Winter said.
"It will provide financial security to taxpayers in Douglas County," he said.
Current state law allows prohibits multiyear pacts, said Chris McKenzie, Douglas County administrator.