Brownback signs fossil, 9 other Kansas laws

FILE - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks to state House Republicans before they debate a school funding plan, Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
FILE - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks to state House Republicans before they debate a school funding plan, Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas - The flying pteranodon and the sea-roaming tylosaurus are now the official fossils of Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s said Monday the bill designating the prehistoric creatures as official state symbols was one of 10 signed Friday by the governor.

The fossils are remnants of the massive creatures that roamed much of western Kansas when it was a vast ocean millions of years ago. The region remains rich with fossils that attract researchers and tourists.

Other bills signed by Brownback include the following:

  • HB 2422 – Changes the definition of “watercraft” for taxation purposes.
  • HB 2440 – Allows the Kansas Bioscience Authority and the Secretary of Revenue to determine that a business classified as a bioscience company would no longer be considered as such for the purposes of the Emerging Industry Investment Act.
  • HB 2488 – Amends the purpose, membership, and authority of the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority.
  • HB 2595 – Designates the Tylosaurus as the official state marine fossil and the Pteranodon as the official state flying fossil.
  • SB 267 – Amends a provision in the Insurance Code regarding security deposits and requires the submission of an authorized signature form.
  • SB 268 – Amends the effective date specified for risk-based capital standards for insurance companies.
  • SB 272 – Eliminates the 3 percent limit on controlled shooting area acreage in a county.
  • SB 308 – Expands the Kansas No-Call Act to include mobile telephone numbers and establishes uniformity between the state and federal No-Call laws.
  • SB 321 – Amends the Kansas Automobile Injury Reparations Act regarding return of unused premium payments in the event of a notice of denial of coverage.
  • SB 351 – Amends law related to Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections.

By law, the Kansas governor has 10 calendar days to sign the bill into law, veto the bill or allow the bill to become law without his or her signature.

The governor has signed 24 bills since the start of the 2014 legislative session in January.

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