Sen. Pyle proposes Kansas State Guard
First District Sen. Dennis Pyle (R-Hiawatha) has sent a letter to Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer encouraging the creation of a Kansas State Guard, in part to offer volunteer security assistance in schools, it has been reported.
During the 2007 Kansas Legislative session, Sen. Pyle initially introduced legislation calling for the state to create a civilian corps that could be called to active duty during emergencies, and now he is revisiting the issue 11 years later.
Pyle said there are 23 states that have active state guards. Current Kansas statutes give the governor the authority to organize and train a volunteer state guard if the Kansas National Guard is called out for active federal service.
“In light of the recent school shootings across the nation, I am asking you to consider taking the necessary steps to create a state guard that is solely under your direction and cannot be federalized,” Pyle said in his letter to Gov. Colyer.
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