FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2011
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KANSAS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OPPOSES TRANSFER
Topeka-The Kansas Human Rights Commission announces that it is unanimously opposes a proposed transfer of the Commission to under the control of the Kansas Attorney General effective July 1, 2011.
Executive Director William V. Minner said, “The Commissioners of the Kansas Human Rights Commission met on March 3, 2011. After careful and thoughtful deliberations, the Commissioners determined it is in the best interest of Kansas for the Commission to remain an independent agency. The Commission’s resolution opposing the proposed transfer of the agency to under the control of the Kansas Attorney General was signed by all Commissioners.” A copy of the Commission’s resolution is attached.
Minner said, “The key component in the Commission’s decision to oppose the transfer is its 58-year history as an independent agency free from political influence. In addition, it appears the proposal’s goal of State General Fund savings will be achieved through the appropriations process if the Kansas Human Rights Commission remains a stand-alone agency, which eliminates the need for the proposal to be effectuated.”
The Kansas Human Rights Commission accepts, investigates, and resolves complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation, and profiling in conjunction with traffic stops. Since Fiscal Year 2009, the Commission has resolved in excess of 2,300 complaints and recovered more than $2.1 million on behalf of complainants.
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