May 20, 2010 -- State Representative Lance Kinzer (R - Olathe), has filed for re-election to the Kansas House. Rep. Kinzer has represented District 14, which consists of much of Northern Olathe, since July of 2004. Rep. Kinzer is 40 years old and has been married to his wife
Michelle for 14 years. They have two children, both of whom attend Olathe Public Schools. Michelle is a teacher in the Olathe School District.
Rep. Kinzer has been a consistent advocate for limiting the size and scope of government. He is a past recipient of the National Federation of Independent Business, Guardian of Small Business Award and the Guardian of the Taxpayer award from the Kansas Chapter of American's for Prosperity. Rep. Kinzer has a 100% lifetime rating from Kansas for Life.
Regarding his decision to seek re-election Rep. Kinzer said, "It is a tremendous honor to serve the people of the 14th District in the Kansas House. My family first moved to Olathe in 1979, I have deep ties to this community and care deeply about its future. During my time in the legislature I have consistently and aggressively advocated for policies that would restore fiscal accountability to state government. Our current path of ever higher taxes and spending, coupled with an increased debt burden and expanding regulation is the product of a government that has lost touch with common sense Kansas values. Working to make government responsible and accountable remains my foremost goal."
In 2010 the legislature passed and the Governor signed HB 2435 a bill Rep. Kinzer drafted to restore presumptive minimum sentences for certain sex offenders. Rep. Kinzer introduced HB 2435 in response to two recent Kansas Supreme Court decisions that had the effect of reducing criminal
sentences for sex offenders in Kansas. In May, 2009 in the case of State v. Horn the Kansas Supreme Court invalidated the imposition of enhanced sentences for individuals convicted of attempting to commit a sexually violent crime against a child. This decision was followed by an October, 2009 opinion in the case of State v. Trautloff in which the Court ruled that the Kansas habitual sex offender statute does not apply to individuals who were convicted of multiple sex offenses on the same day.
Horn was convicted of attempted aggravated criminal sodomy of a child under the age of 14 and was sentenced to a minimum 25 years under Jessica's law. The Kansas Supreme Court invalidated this sentence and required that Horn be re-sentenced under a more lenient general attempts statute. HB 2435 would restore the clear intent of Jessica's Law (a bill Rep. Kinzer carried on the House floor in 2006) to impose significant mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offenders. In 1996 Trautloff
was convicted of rape of an 8 year old, aggravated indecent liberties with another 8 year old, and a further count of aggravated indecent liberties with a 9 year old. (One of the aggravated indecent liberties convictions was subsequently overturned). More than a decade latter Trautloff was convicted of rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated indecent liberties with a child and sexual exploitation of a child all resulting from a scheme in which Trautloff paid for sex with a seven year old girl. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole under the Kansas habitual sex offender statute. The Kansas Supreme Court invalidated this sentence because the 1996 convictions had
been adjudicated on the same day and as such, in the view of the Court, were not separate conviction events. HB 2435 makes it clear that this any person convicted of two or more sexually violent crimes is a habitual sex offender. To learn more about the full contents of HB 2435
you can look here.
In 2009 Rep. Kinzer's bill, "The Woman's Right to Know and See Act" became law. Regarding this bill Rep. Kinzer noted, "While the debate over abortion is often contentious, Kansas legislators from
across the political spectrum were able to find common ground on this legislation. Prior to being signed by the Governor the bill was approved by veto proof majorities of more than 2/3 in both the House and Senate. Under this law women considering abortions will have greater access to
information, including an opportunity to view a sonogram and listen to the heartbeat of their unborn child if they so choose. Women will also now receive a list of free sonogram locations and information regarding free counseling and services for medically challenging pregnancies and
contacts for free perinatal hospice services. Working with legislators from across the political spectrum to reach consensus on such a challenging issues was extremely gratifying"
Rep. Kinzer is a graduate of Olathe South High School, Wheaton College (Ill.), and The University of Kansas School of Law. He served 4 years on active duty as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He is currently a partner in the Olathe law firm, Schlagel Gordon & Kinzer, LLC. Rep. Kinzer is a member of Olathe Noon Rotary and of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Rep. Kinzer served as Chairman of the Olathe Republican Party from 2001-2004. Rep. Kinzer is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and also serves on the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, and the House Rules Committee. He is a member of the Kansas Judicial Council, The Kansas DUI Commission, The Kansas Supreme Court Electronic Filing Advisory Committee, The Uniform Laws Commission and the Executive Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council Civil Justice Task Force. Rep. Kinzer also served on the recently completed Kansas Criminal Code Recodification Commission and Chaired the 2009 Kansas Special Joint Judiciary Committee
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