Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2003 ch. 094
Other Identifying Information:2003 House Bill 2241
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:An Act concerning accountants and accountancy; regarding examination fees; relating to education requirements and examinations; amending K.S.A. 1-301, 1-302a and 1-304 and repealing the existing sections; also repealing K.S.A. 1-306.
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CHAPTER 94

HOUSE BILL No. 2241


An Act concerning accountants and accountancy; regarding examination fees; relating to

education requirements and examinations; amending K.S.A. 1-301, 1-302a and 1-304


and repealing the existing sections; also repealing K.S.A. 1-306.


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 1-301 is hereby amended to read as follows: 1-301.

(a) The board shall charge and collect a fee from each applicant for a

Kansas certificate or notification and shall charge and collect a fee for a

permit to practice as a certified public accountant in this state. Fees for

examination and reexamination shall be paid directly to the examination

service by the person taking the examination. The board or the board's

designated examination service may charge an examination application

processing fee. Each fee payable to the board or the examination service

shall accompany the appropriate application. No portion of any fee shall

be returned to the applicant unless the board determines there is just

cause for a refund.

(b) The board shall adopt rules and regulations fixing the fees pro-

vided to be charged and collected under this section, which shall be as

follows:

(1) For issuance of a certificate (initial or duplicate) an amount not

to exceed $50;

(2) for issuance of a reciprocal certificate an amount not to exceed

$250;

(3) for issuance or renewal of a permit to practice for the holder of

a Kansas certificate, an amount not to exceed $150, subject to paragraphs

(4) and (6);

(4) for issuance or renewal of a permit to practice for the holder of

a Kansas certificate whose permit is issued or renewed for a period of 12

months or less, an amount equal to 1/2 the amount of the fee fixed under

paragraph (3), subject to paragraph (6);

(5) for issuance of a duplicate permit to practice for the holder of a

Kansas certificate, an amount not to exceed $25;

(6) for reinstatement of a permit to practice in the case of the holder

of a Kansas certificate who had in some prior year held a permit to prac-

tice but who did not hold such a permit for the year immediately pre-

ceding the period for which a permit to practice is requested, or who, if

holding a permit to practice for such period immediately preceding ap-

plies for renewal subsequent to the expiration date of such permit, an

amount equal to 11/2 times the amount of the fee then fixed under par-

agraph (2) (3) or paragraph (3) (4), whichever is applicable;

(7) for notification or renewal of notification required pursuant to

K.S.A. 1-322, and amendments thereto, an amount not to exceed $150;

and

(8) for annual firm registration, an amount not to exceed $50.;

(9) for renewing a firm registration after the expiration, an amount

equal to 11/2 times the amount of the fee then fixed under paragraph (8);

(10) for examination application processing by the board, an amount

not to exceed $150.

(c) On or before May 30 each year, the board shall determine the

amount of funds that will be required during the ensuing year to carry

out and enforce the provisions of law administered by the board and may

adopt rules and regulations to change any fees fixed under this section as

may be necessary, subject to the limitations prescribed by this section.

Upon changing any renewal fees as provided by this section, the board

shall immediately notify all holders of permits to practice of the amount

of such fees. The fees fixed by the board and in effect under this section

immediately prior to the effective date of this act shall continue in effect

until such fees are fixed by the board by rules and regulations as provided

by this section.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1-302a is hereby amended to read as follows: 1-302a.

(a) The education requirement prescribed by K.S.A. 1-302, and amend-

ments thereto, is satisfied by successful completion of course work con-

sisting of at least 150 semester hours, with a concentration in accounting,

at a college or university recognized by the board and the applicant is the

holder of a baccalaureate or higher academic degree.

(b) On and after June 30, 1997, An applicant for admission to take

the initial examination in this state as required in K.S.A. 1-302, and

amendments thereto, must submit evidence satisfactory to the board of

accountancy or to the examination service that the applicant has success-

fully completed coursework consisting of at least 150 semester hours, with

a concentration in accounting, at a college or university recognized by the

board and that the applicant is the holder of a baccalaureate or higher

academic degree.

(c) The board of accountancy may define by rules and regulations the

term ``concentration in accounting,'' as the same is to be applied each

place such term occurs in this section and K.S.A. 1-302b, and amend-

ments thereto.

(d) The board, by rules and regulations, may provide for admittance

to the examination in this state of persons who will have met the education

requirements, as provided in this section, within 90 days after the ex-

amination to which admitted, but no report on the examination of any

such person shall be made unless such person shall have met the edu-

cation requirements as provided in this section. This subsection shall ex-

pire on January 1, 2004.

Sec. 3. K.S.A. 1-304 is hereby amended to read as follows: 1-304. (a)

Each examination provided for by this act shall take place as often as may

be necessary in the opinion of the board, but not less frequently than

once each year. A candidate who fails shall have the right to any number

of re-examinations. A candidate who passes a satisfactory the examination

under this act or the act of which this section is amendatory or who has

passed a satisfactory examination under the provisions of chapter 1 of the

Kansas Statutes Annotated, in at least two subjects shall be deemed to

have a conditional status and shall have the right to be re-examined in

the remaining subjects only if a minimum grade of 50% 50 was received

in each of the failed subjects, at subsequent examinations held by the

board, and if the candidate passes in the remaining subjects within a

period of time specified in the rules and regulations of the board, such

candidate shall be considered to have passed the examination. Upon the

implementation of a computer-based examination, a candidate who has

conditional status on the launch date of the computer-based examination

shall be given a transition period to complete any remaining examination

sections under conditions to be determined by rules and regulations of the

board.

(b) After considering the need for uniformity with other states, the

board may prescribe, by rule and regulation, the examination process,

including but not limited to, the administration of the examination, ap-

plication process, methods of grading, credit and determining a passing

grade.

(c) The board may contract with third parties to perform adminis-

trative services with respect to the examination.

Sec. 4. K.S.A. 1-301, 1-302a, 1-304 and 1-306 are hereby repealed.

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the Kansas register.

Approved April 16, 2002.

Published in the Kansas Register April 24, 2002.


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Date Composed: 10/29/2003 Date Modified: 10/29/2003