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Legislation #: 070033 Introduction Date: 1/4/2007
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER RILEY
Title: Amending the Code of Ordinances by enacting a new Section 2-1551 entitled “Same -- Background checks / investigations of persons nominated” to provide for background checks/investigations of persons nominated as a judge of the Kansas City Municipal Division.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
1/4/2007 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/4/2007 Referred to Finance and Audit Committee
1/10/2007 Hold On Agenda (1/17/2007)
1/17/2007 Advance and Do Pass as Second Committee Substitute, Debate
1/18/2007 Passed As Second Substitute

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SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR ORDINANCE NO. 070033

 

Amending the Code of Ordinances by enacting a new Section 2-1551 entitled Same -- Background checks / investigations of persons nominated to provide for background checks/investigations of persons nominated as a judge of the Kansas City Municipal Division.

 

WHEREAS, Section 306(f) of the City Charter provides that in addition to those qualifications required by the Charter, persons nominated to serve as municipal judges may be required to also possess any additional qualifications prescribed by law; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to that authority it is the desire of the Council to establish an additional qualification for office; NOW, THEREFORE

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 2 Article X is amended by enacting a new Section 2-1551 to read as follows:

 

Sec. 2-1551. Same Background checks / investigations of persons nominated

 

(a) Background check / investigation required. No person shall be nominated to serve as a judge of the Municipal Division unless that person has been the subject of a background check / investigation provided to the Municipal Judicial Nominating Commission.

 

(b) Performance of the background check / investigation. The City Manager shall assist the Municipal Judicial Nominating Commission with completion of the required background checks / investigations.

 

(c)                Nature of background check / investigation. The background check shall be similar in nature to those performed for persons nominated for other non-partisan judicial positions within the State. The background checks will include at least the following areas:

 

  • motor vehicle records;
  • credit records, including judgments;
  • tax records;
  • education records;
  • marriage and divorce records;
  • gaming records, including records of neighboring states;
  • criminal records, including arrests, matters dismissed or nolle prossed by a prosecutor, suspended imposition of sentence; convictions, and pardons;
  • information from appropriate attorney or judicial disciplinary authorities;
  • civil litigation records.

Section 2. Section 2-1551 shall apply to any panel submitted to the Mayor and Council after the effective date of this ordinance. Background checks / investigations shall also be performed for any panel of nominees pending on the effective date of this ordinance before selection by the Mayor and Council.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

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William Geary

Assistant City Attorney