Kansas Liberty on Ray Merrick’s victory for freedom: Bill limiting cities’ annexation power arrives on Parkinson’s deskSaturday, May 16th, 2009
A bill that would limit the authority of cities to annex unincorporated land was a partial victory for property rights, but the bill sponsor said the measure was just a start and that he would seek additional limitations next year.
The bill was approved by the Kansas House and Senate and is now awaiting a signature or a veto from Gov. Mark Parkinson, who’s been mum about his intentions toward the legislation.
House Majority Leader Ray Merrick was the chief sponsor of the proposal, Senate Bill 51. He represents a largely unincorporated area of Johnson County, part of which was annexed by Overland Park after a prolonged battle with residents, many of whom vigorously opposed becoming part of the city.
Overland Park had initially sought to annex about 15 square miles. That request was pared to about eight square miles by the Board of Johnson County Commissioners. The decision to allow the partial annexation is now the subject of a court battle that is scheduled to resume this summer.