The KFB Legal Foundation is offering a series of webinars on current legal issues facing our members living in rural Kansas. Content of the webinars will be beneficial to members, as well as attorneys. Webinar participants must be a current KFB member to register, but the webinar will be provided free of charge to participants not seeking CLE credit, and for $25 for attorneys seeking CLE credit (when credit is approved by the Kansas CLE Commission). Proceeds from the webinar series will benefit the KFB Legal Foundation and enable us to pursue our mission of providing education, information and research that will provide the continued well-being of all persons directly engaged in agriculture or related enterprises.
Rails-to-Trails in Kansas – Understanding the interplay of state and federal law when converting abandoned railroad rights-of-way to public recreational trails.
2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2019
This webinar will walk through the federal program that authorizes the conversion of abandoned railroad rights-of-way into public recreational trails. The program will look at the federal courts’ interpretation of the National Trails System Act Amendments of 1983 and how, in certain circumstances, the federal law violates the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution which holds, “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” The program will focus specifically on Kansas state law and how the federal law often works to preempt Kansas law that would otherwise direct that the land underneath abandoned railroad rights-of-way be returned to the full use and enjoyment of the adjoining property owner. Finally, the program will address the remedies to landowners who find themselves affected by a federally authorized rail-trail conversion.
Click here to learn more or register for the upcoming December 11, 2019 webinar. (Requires sign-in)