A criminal justice bill passed by the House and Senate makes sexual extortion a crime, enforces stronger penalties for attempting to elude a police officer and allows a spouse to be charged with sexual battery

Lawrence, KS – According to the officials, Senate Bill 60 contains five bills that were bundled together when the House and Senate judiciary panels came together to iron out policy differences.

The package now goes to Gov. Laura Kelly for approval.

A second provision would remove an exemption in current law shielding spouses from prosecution for sexual battery. The measure would make it a crime for one spouse to touch the other with “the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the offender or another” without consent.

Before being added to the crime bundle, the proposed change in law was introduced by Rep. Fred Patton, R-Topeka, on behalf of Rep. Brett Parker, D-Overland Park, and passed the House 110-13.

The final bill included in the package would make it a felony crime to threaten to injure a person or the reputation of a person, through the distribution of an image, video or other recordings of a person that is sexual in nature.