Friday, May 22, 2009
Gov. Mark Parkinson has signed a bill that makes cockfighting in Kansas a felony.
The same measure also strengthens laws against drug trafficking and assaulting law enforcement officers.
The changes signed Thursday by Parkinson will take effect July 1.
Holding a cockfight has been a misdemeanor in Kansas, and the new law will make it a felony. The presumed sentence will be probation, but the new law also will make it a crime to possess cockfighting equipment will and allow the seizure of assets.
Another change will mandate a prison sentence, rather than probation, for people who injure a law enforcement officer. Under current law, such defendants still could be sentenced to probation.