Kansas Senate passes plan for adding Highway Patrol troopers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas would increase its vehicle registration fees to help its Highway Patrol put more troopers on the state’s highways under a bill the state Senate approved.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 24-14 for a measure that boosts the fee for each vehicle’s registration by $3.25. The measure goes next to the House.

Of the increase, $2 will go to the patrol and $1.25 to the state’s center in Hutchinson for training law enforcement officers.

The measure would allow the patrol to hire an additional 75 troopers.

Thirty-five of the state’s 105 counties have no assigned trooper, and the patrol has about 80 fewer troopers than it did a decade ago.

Critics of the bill said the state should use general tax dollars to pay for public safety needs.

 

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