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State’s endangered species law endangered

March 20, 2014

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— Kansas law to protect endangered species is endangered.

A Senate committee voted to repeal the 1975 law that puts the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism in charge of identifying and undertaking appropriate conservation measures for endangered species.

"It has been costing a lot of people across the state economic development," said Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman Larry Powell, R-Garden City.

At first, the committee was considering a bill that would have removed two snakes — the redbelly and smooth earth — from state protection.

Both nonvenomous snakes are listed as threatened species under state law, not federal law. While the snakes are common in many Midwestern states, they are scarce in Kansas.

Johnson County officials have complained that the snakes have held up some development.

But Powell inserted an amendment that repealed the entire state law and placed the contents of the bill into an already-approved House bill.

Sen. Marci Francisco, of Lawrence, the ranking Democrat on the committee, opposed the move, saying that now the public will not be able to provide input on the implications of the proposal.

Comments

Brion Eduardo 1 year ago

The most endangered snakes in Kansas can be easily observed slithering across the floor of the state capitol building.

Seth Peterson 1 year ago

"It has been costing a lot of people across the state economic development," said Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman Larry Powell, R-Garden City.

Not nearly as much as some of the policies he's helped support.

Clark Coan 1 year ago

Shame on these Extreme Right wingnuts picking on creatures that can't fight back such as the black-footed ferret, spotted skunk and whooping crane. We are regressing so fast, we'll be back to the 1870s before we know it.

Richard Heckler 1 year ago

Local government and state government mismanagement which does not create economic development but has become a monster disease. Backed with the the largest Free Lunch menu on planet earth. Which in essence is raiding our wallets and increasing taxes.

--- http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans

--- http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/report00/intro.asp

--- http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/01182008/transcript.html

--- http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2012-04-27/hightower-report-workers-wages-lost-to-the-boss/

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