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Personal Information Bill Scrapped

Kansas is one of just 8 states in the country that grants access to personal information despite warnings against the practice by federal officials.

A bill that would have required the Kansas Department of Corrections to stop granting inmates access to personally identifiable information as they perform contracted data entry and document scanning work for city, county and state government agencies, was tabled this week in a State Senate Committee.

Members of the Judiciary Committee were pacified by a promise from State Department of Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz.  He told the Committee that the rules would be re-written by August 1st limiting the ability of inmates performing prison industry jobs to obtain birthdates and numbers associated with Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and bank accounts.

The Kansas Department of Transportation estimates that the bill would have cost them as much as $125,000 in the current fiscal year that ends June 30th and an estimated $75,000 more to hire non-inmates to enter sensitive information.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".