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SB 500 - VICTORY !

Driver's License Law:
Limited Restoration of
Revoked Driving Privileges

Oletha's years of work to restore limited driving privileges to those with revoked drivers' licenses -- so they can drive to work, to earn their way out of court debt -- has led to this year's Senate Bill 500, which she pushed through to victory. The bill passed both houses in the Legislature with nearly unanimous bi-partisan support (just a single Senator voted "no") -- and even support from the state's leading law-enforcement organizations. On Friday, May 10, Governor Kelly signed the bill into law!

Senator Faust-Goudeau had, in prior sessions, won bipartisan support to restore limited driving privileges to those with suspended licenses (except those convicted of seriously dangerous offenses, such as drunk driving) -- to allow the suspended drivers to attend to basic necessities (such as work, medical errands, getting their kids to-and-from school, and meeting legal obligations) -- while paying off their fines at a rate they can manage.

This revolutionary change in Kansas traffic law breaks the cycle of desperation in which poor and working class drivers are crippled by fines they cannot immediately pay in full -- resulting in the suspension of their driver's license, which -- ironically -- keeps them from meeting their basic needs and obligations, ...including the need to get to work, to earn the money, to pay off those fines, and to get to court to resolve the issue.

Now, both "revoked" and "suspended" drivers can have limited driving privileges to meet these needs, ending most driver's license suspensions in the State of Kansas -- and breaking the law's self-reinforcing cycle of despair that has impovershed so many Kansans and their families.

This year, Sen. Faust-Goudeau broadened her campaign to extend these needed privileges to those with revoked licenses. To this end, this year, Sen. Faust-Goudeau introduced Senate Bill 500,
which takes effect on January 1, next year.

The new law...

  1. Generally speaking, changes "failure to comply with a traffic citation" (K.S.A. 8-2110), now allowing the court to determine how a person can achieve substantial compliance with the traffic citation by...
    • following the orders of the court,
    ...instead of...
    • requiring a person to pay all fines, court costs, and penalties.

        Before restricting or suspending an individual's driving privileges, the court shall consider, instead...:
    • Modifying fees, fines and court costs by
      • waiver or reduction
      • allowing for payment plans
    • Alternative requirements in lieu of restriction or suspension of driving privileges, including:
      • alcohol or drug treatment, or
      • community service.

  2. If a person fails to comply with those softer terms, the court tells the Division of Vehicles to suspend the person’s driving privileges until satisfactory evidence of substantial compliance with the terms of the traffic citation has been furnished to the court -- unless such person is eligible for restricted driving privileges.
        HOWEVER, if the person is eligible for restricted driving privileges, the Division of Vehicles shall, instead, notify the violator that their driving privileges are simply restricted as provided below.

  3. If a person's driving privileges have been revoked -- solely for driving when such person's privilege to do so was canceled, suspended or revoked for "failure to comply with a traffic citation" -- they may make a written request to the Division of Vehicles for restricted driving privileges.
        Upon review and approval of the driver's eligibility, the driving privileges will be restricted -- instead of revoked -- by the Division of Vehicles.

  4. EXCEPTIONS: A person shall NOT qualify for restricted driving privileges (under note 2 or 3 above) if such person...
    • has been convicted for driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license more than three times, or
    • is suspended for reasons other than a "failure to comply with a traffic citation" at the time of application.

  5. A person granted restricted driving privileges (under note 2 or 3 above) is allowed to drive to-and-from...
    • dropping off (or picking up) children
      from school or child care,
    • purchasing groceries or fuel,
    • religious worship services,
    ...in addition to other circumstances already allowed under current law, such as:
    • employment,
    • schooling,
    • health care,
    • etc..

  6. Several traffic violations NOT involving the operation of a motor vehicle will no longer provide the basis for a violation of "failure to comply with a traffic citation." (Current law is limited to citations for illegal parking, standing, or stopping.)
        This provision is retroactive, so a person who committed "failure to comply" (based on one of the specified violations) may petition the district or municipal court in which the person should have complied with the traffic citation.
        Then, if the court determines that the person committed an offense that does not provide the basis for a violation of the amended section, the court shall immediately electronically notify the Division of Vehicles to terminate any restriction, suspension (or suspension action) that resulted from the violation.

  7. Finally, there is a RETROACTIVE “look-back” provision that -- if any conviction for a "failure to comply" is greater than FIVE YEARS old -- it shall NOT be considered by the municipal or district court, nor the Division of Vehicles, in determining suspended or restricted driving privileges.
        After five years have passed from the date of conviction, the Division shall notify -- by mail -- any individuals whose driving privileges were suspended or restricted, and whose driving privileges have not since been restored.
        The Division shall notify the individual that they may be eligible for driving privileges because five years have passed since their conviction for the "failure to comply."

After much political wrangling, in both House and Senate, Sen. Faust-Goudeau managed to coax an overwhelming BI-partisan majority of legislators -- backed by the state's top law enforcement organizations -- to support, even strengthen, the bill, passing it overwhelmingly, and earning a prompt signature from Governor Kelly.

Those poor and working-class families caught in the downward spiral of traffic-fine debt, and strangled freedom of movement, can now have a sound, reasonable way to work their way out of the predicament, and earn restoration of their full driving freedom -- improving the future for them, their families, employers, and the community -- while relieving a senseless burden on law enforcement and the courts.

That's Progress !


Anthony Hensley Award

At the Kansas Democratic Party convention -- "Washington Days" -- Sen. Faust-Goudeau was honored with the Anthony Hensley Legislative Award for outstanding service in the Kansas Senate.

The honor is named for the former longtime Senate Minority (Democratic) Leader, Anthony Hensley, who -- along with current Minority (Democratic) Leader Dinah Sykes and Lt. Governor David Toland -- participated in the presentation of the award to Oletha.

Presenting award to Sen. Faust-Goudeau (center) are
(left-to-right): Sen. Ethan Corson, Rep. Barbara Ballard,
former Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley,
Lieutenant Governor David Toland, & current
Senate Democratic Leader Dinah Sykes.

On International Women's Day, March 8th, fourteen women were presented with the 2024 Shine Awards, which honor "inspirational Kansas women" -- "recognized for empowering others and improving their communities." Senator Faust-Goudeau was among the honorees, noted for service "on several boards and committees," and for introducing "several bills that have received bipartisan support."

The awards banquet, held this year at the Wichita Art Museum, helps raise funds for Storytime Village’s mission to inspire a "lifelong love of literacy in under-served children" in Kansas, through its various literacy programs -- including summer camps, the Urban Preparatory Academy in Wichita, and distribution of free books to Kansas kids.

The One Heart Project

The U.S. is one of the major countries that most frequently imprisons its kids, and leads the industrial world in locking up young people.   And Kansas is usually one of states most likely to do so.   Senator Faust-Goudeau is pushing for juvenile justice reforms to break the cycle of poverty, crime, jail, re-offense, prison, failure and tragic waste.

The One Heart Project is a national juvenile offender rehabilitation program that provides second chances for youth who've been convicted of serious crimes, but show real potential for reform. It began in Texas, and has spread to major cities in several states, particularly in the heartland, including Topeka and Kansas City -- providing real rehabilitation, lasting freedom, and constructive lives for convicted kids.

The Project grew out of an extraordinary incident in the 1990s, when a Texas Christian high school partnered with the football team of their state's maximum security juvenile prison, to provide a positive experience in sports that revolutionized the lives of the prison's most promising-but-disadvantaged youth.

The inspiring story of the dramatic events that led to the One Heart Project is now a motion picture -- "One Heart" -- shortly to be released in theaters.

Senator Faust-Goudeau, seeking to build local support for bringing this program to the Wichita area, partnered with leaders in both parties, with help from Walmart and others, to arrange a private pre-screening of the movie for Wichita-area community leaders -- and to give them a chance to meet and learn from One Heart Project leaders.

At the Dunbar Theater, Feb. 24th, in one of the biggest local bi-partisan political events of the year, over 150 dignitaries -- including Congressman Ron Estes, City Council member Brandon Johnson, Police Chief Joe Sullivan, a half-dozen legislators (including Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee Chair Stephen Owens), community activists, and more -- showed up for the event, learning about a new way to keep our community's kids from a life wasted in prison.

At Oletha's urging, lobbyist Ryan Irsik delivered a $30,000 check from Walmart to help with the project.

One Heart Project leaders were impressed with the reception and support, and are now eager to start a program for Wichita-area youth.

2024 Legislative Session:


Sponsored by Senator Faust-Goudeau

SB 435
Sales tax exemption for certain essential hygiene products.

Following her success in previous sessions, removing the state sales tax on food, Sen. Faust-Goudeau introduced Senate Bill 435, which allows for a sales tax exemption for certain critical personal-care items (feminine hygiene products, and baby and adult diapers) -- adding it as a floor amendment to Senate Bill 60. Following her supporting testimony in the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee, it passed.

SB 464
Creating the Kansas minority, woman, disadvantaged and service-disabled veteran small-business-enterprise development act;
  • providing for development of such business enterprises through a program to facilitate and increase participation by such business enterprises in providing goods and services to state agencies and postsecondary educational institutions;

  • establishing the office of minority and women business development within the department of commerce to develop such program and assist state agencies and postsecondary educational institutions to establish plans and goals for such participation;

  • providing for an advisory committee on certified small business enterprises that may be established by the assistant director of such office;


SB 500
An act concerning drivers' licenses;

  • authorizing certain individuals to be eligible for restricted driving privileges;
  • permitting individuals with restricted driving privileges to drive to-and-from dropping off or picking up children from school or child care.

Driver's License bill - Limited restoration of revoked driving privileges.

A major problem facing poorer Kansas citizens has been the onerous burden resulting from traffic tickets and fines that exceed their ability to pay. Under such circumstances, their driver's licenses are often suspended -- causing the majority of driver's license suspensions in Kansas.

Ironically, this prevents the suspended driver from getting to work, to earn the money that they need to survive and to pay off their fines, and thereby get their licenses restored.

Those who, in desperation, continue to drive, often find themselves arrested, charged further, burdened with greater fines, and even having their licenses revoked -- often in a cascading chain of events that started from relatively minor traffic offenses.

The snowballing effects of this problem are often catastrophically destructive to the lives of impoverished drivers, and also to their families, employers, and community as well.

Senator Faust-Goudeau, in prior sessions, won bipartisan support to restore limited driving privileges to those with suspended licenses (except those convicted of seriously dangerous offenses, such as drunk driving) -- to allow them attend to basic necessities (such as work, medical errands, getting their kids to-and-from school, and meeting legal obligations) -- while paying off their fines at a rate they can manage.

She's broadened her campaign to extend those same needed privileges to those with revoked licenses, as well. To this end, this year, she introduced Senate Bill 500.

In the Senate hearing, Feb. 15th, Oletha testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB 500...

...which is now on its way to passage, with strong bipartisan support!

SB 508
An act concerning veterans; relating to forms of identification;
  • permitting homeless veterans to use alternative forms of proof of identity and residency when applying for nondriver identification cards;
  • eliminating fees for homeless veterans to obtain birth certificates and nondriver identification cards;

SB 421
by Senators Blasi, Alley, Erickson, Fagg, Faust-Goudeau, Kerschen, Masterson, Petersen and Ware

An act providing a sales tax exemption for Exploration Place, Inc.

Wichita's Exploration Place, a non-profit institution, is the state's premier science museum for young people -- providing intellectually stimulating recreation and fascinating learning opportunities for thousands of children annually, from throughout Kansas.

Delta Day at The Capitol
Senators Faust-Goudeau, Haley and Pittman introduced the following Senate resolution, which was read:

recognizing the members of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,
for their outstanding service to the citizens
of our state, our nation
and the international community
and their promotion of sisterhood,
scholarship and service.
WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,
is a private, not-for-profit organization
whose purpose is to provide assistance and support
to local communities throughout the world
in diverse fields relating to public service
through the organization's established
five-point programmatic thrust:
  • Economic development,
  • Educational development,
  • International awareness and involvement,
  • Physical and mental health, and
  • Political awareness and involvement;

    On a motion of Senator Faust-Goudeau,
    SR 1739 was adopted

    Senator Faust-Goudeau welcomes the Deltas' sorority
    at Governor Kelly's official desk.

  • JANUARY, 2024

    January 31: Senator Faust-Goudeau welcomed Wichita ROTC’s visit to the Capitol.

    January 24: Kansas Senate Democrats, including Oletha -- loyal to working Kansans and their labor union movement -- were proud to attend the Kansas AFL-CIO’s Solidarity event at the Statehouse. Legislation that promotes the safety, well-being, and rights of Kansas workers will always be a top priority for Kansas Senate Democrats. Union workers teach our children, maintain our roads, provide us food, and ensure a prosperous future for our families. They're also integral to the policymaking process. Labor voices provide experience and expertise legislators need to craft and implement forward-thinking, fiscally responsible investments in our state.

    January 12: Senator Faust-Goudeau joined with the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, at the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the state capitol, where Governor Kelly read the proclamation. Dr. King's legacy continues to improve the hope for freedom and justice in America.

    January 11: In the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs, Sen. Faust-Goudeau was granted a hearing on SB36 ("The Crown Act"), proposed to foster freedom in hairstyles for people of diverse cultures -- particularly countering challenges faced by African-Americans in schools and the workplace. The bill has garnered a exceptional amount of support.


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