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 through a metal detector, and have your bag searched is an annoyance.”
Wichita and Sedgwick County leaders are frustrated too. They are hoping to get a law passed that would allow people who pass a background check to avoid these lines and bypass the screening process.
“They would come in just like an employee, ” said Wichita Communications Director Ken Evans. “Have a badge like an employee.”
Two bills are being considered in the Kansas Legislature. Each is a little different, but the idea is the same. Anyone can apply for what’s called a “fast pass.”
After clearing a state and federal background check, he or she would be approved to come and go to public buildings without going through security.
“It is an honor system,” Evans said. “In addition to background check, they will sign an affidavit saying “I will not bring weapons into city hall and the county courthouse.”
For people who have business in city hall and the courthouse it could be a huge time saver.
“Mainly because I come here so much, I could get in and out really quick,” said courier Ron Howard.
Both the House bill and Senate bill are in a conference committee, to work out any differences. The vote is expected during the veto session.
See Sal Intagliata’s full interview on the “fast pass” at KAKE.com
KAKE TV – By Deb Faris