As Amended by House Committee on Judiciary

HB 2029, as amended, would amend law governing the
timeframes for initial protective orders and related extension
periods in the Protection from Abuse Act and in the Protection
from Stalking, Sexual Assault, or Human Trafficking Act.
Current law allows orders initiated under both acts to
remain in effect up to one year, with options to extend such
orders for up to one additional year. The bill would change the
time period for which initial orders could remain effective to a
period of one to five years, and would change the time period
for extensions of such orders effective for an additional one to
five years.
The bill would also amend a provision in the Protection
from Abuse Act requiring the court to extend protective orders
for up to the lifetime of the defendant when the court
determines a violation has occurred, by lowering the floor of
the possible extension period from two additional years to
one additional year.
The bill would also make technical changes to ensure
consistency in statutory phrasing.

The bill was introduced by the House Committee on
Judiciary at the request of Representative Featherston on
behalf of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual
*Supplemental notes are prepared by the Legislative Research
Department and do not express legislative intent. The supplemental
note and fiscal note for this bill may be accessed on the Internet at
Assault (MOCSA), Safehome, and the Kansas Coalition
Against Sexual & Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

House Committee on Judiciary
In the House Committee hearing on January 24, 2023,
two representatives of MOCSA and two representatives of
KCSDV testified as proponents of the bill, stating that
extending the effective periods for protective orders as
proposed by the bill would reduce trauma for victims of abuse
and promote efficiency within the court system. Written-only
proponent testimony was submitted by a representative of the
Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Kansas Sheriffs
Association, and Kansas Peace Officers Association, a
representative of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, and
a private citizen. No other testimony was provided.
On February 9, 2023, the House Committee adopted an
amendment to lower the floor of all relevant time periods
amended by the bill from two years to one year.

Fiscal Information
According to the fiscal note prepared by the Division of
the Budget on the bill, as introduced, the Office of Judicial
Administration indicates enactment of the bill would have a
negligible fiscal effect on Judicial Branch operations.
Protection from Abuse Act; Protection from Stalking, Sexual Assault, or Human
Trafficking Act; restraining order; protection order; civil actions

2- 2029

Statutes affected:
As introduced: 60-3107, 60-31a06, 21-5414, 21-5924
As Amended by House Committee: 60-3107, 60-31a06, 21-5414, 21-5924