Lawmakers consider Fast Pass law to avoid long lines in public buildings

WICHITA, Kan. – Kansas Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow non-public employees to go into public buildings without going through security. Attorney Sal Intagliata goes in and out of the Sedgwick County Courthouse not just once, but many times a day. “It’s a long process to stand in line,” Intagliata said. “To go…

Video of alleged hate crime released

By KAKE TV WICHITA — Wichita police are releasing surveillance video of what two Wichita State students are calling a hate crime. The attack happened Saturday between 3:15 a.m. and 3:18 a.m. at the Kwik Shop at 21st and Oliver. The video shows two men filling up at the pumps when one of them is…

Teen sexting bill to be voted on Wednesday

KAKE TV – By Chris Frank WICHITA – Some Kansas lawmakers say the punishments for teen sexting are too severe and need to be changed. Rep. Ramon Gonzalez, a republican from Perry, says his bill is aimed towards rehabilitating middle and high school students caught sexting rather than punishing them with a felony and having…

Property stuck in closed repair store

WICHITA, Kan. — A technology repair store closed weeks ago and has yet to return customers’ goods. Dan Monnat says excuses and postponements may mean emergency action by a court is necessary to get the consumers products returned….

Brownback orders funding to Planned Parenthood cut

Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered all state funds to Planned Parenthood be cut, but KSN Legal Expert Dan Monnat says, “Whether the Governor or the Kansas Department of Health & Environment can successfully defund Planned Parenthood is a question that will have to be fought out in the federal courts…”

Ring in the new year safe, save big $$

Costs can add up quickly if you are accused of a first, second, third or subsequent DUI, Dan Monnat tells KSN News. There is the possibility of jail time, fines ranging from $750 to $2,500 and innumerable costs for treatment… interlock devices…”

Drug check lanes pop up north of Wichita

WICHITA – …So-called drug check lanes have been through the courts and KSN Legal Expert Dan Monnat says drug check lanes are a legal gray area, at best. “Any citizen can be pulled over by a law enforcement officer for an actual petty traffic offense,” he says, but “no law enforcement officer has a right to fabricate a traffic offense that did not occur just to justify a seizure or search…”

FF12: Does legal loophole allow sex offenders to work near kids?

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Parents are upset after learning a convicted sex offender worked in the same building as a daycare. The daycare is inside The Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church but the two entities are separate. Legal Analyst Dan Monnat says the legality of the sex offender’s presence near the daycare depends on how often he helped fix items at the daycare. If the visits were regular that would violate Kansas law, but if they were sporadic then they may not violate the law…

Petition for homeless shelter in El Dorado withdrawn

EL DORADO, Kan. – A transitional home for the homeless will not be built in El Dorado, after nearby property owners protested. KSN Legal Analyst Dan Monnat says, “Homeowners have rights with respect to their neighbors under existing zoning laws… but such laws can’t be used as instruments of discrimination…”