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Dec 04

Print Your Own Pocket-Size Version of the Kansas Constitution

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

The Wyandotte Constitution was the fourth and final version voted on by the people of the Kansas Territory. The Wyandotte Constitution is the present Constitution of Kansas, although now with many amendments, voted on and approved upon statehood in 1861.

The Constitution, along with the Kansas Bill of Rights, is available to print in a pocket size version from the State Library’s website. Just click on the image on that page to download and print a booklet. There is also a helpful chart to help you see the steps for folding and cutting.

If you are interested in more information on the Kansas Constitution, please visit the following websites:

Kansas Secretary of State Cyber Civics
Kansas State Historical Society Online Exhibit
Kansas State Historical Society Kansapedia
Kansas Memory Wyandotte Constitution copy
Feb 05

Highlights and Summaries of Legislation from Sessions Past

Posted to KGI Online Library by Jason Ackermann

As the 2016 legislative session ramps up here at the Capitol, the State Library offers you a look back at the laws and decisions that have shaped our state and our lives.  The Legislative Highlights (1969-2015) and the Summary of Legislation (1947-1955 and 1968-2015) from the Legislative Research Department are specifically designed to streamline the important events of each session in clear, concise, everyday English.

Only have five minutes? Check out the Highlights. A short "fact sheet" arranged by topics, it summarizes bills that were passed into laws and the changes/effects that will come with these laws.  The Highlights does just what its name suggests.  It offers basic information on the bills that stood out during the session.

Have twenty minutes?  Check out the Summary.  Much more in depth, it includes summaries of the legislation enacted by the Legislature and provides more information on bills.  It tends to be a more complete listing of legislation passed, though it does not include all bills passed.  Not summarized are bills of a limited, local, technical, clarifying, or repealing nature, and bills that were vetoed (sustained). However, these bills are listed at the end of the booklet. A table of contents is provided at the front of the book, also arranged by topic.

Whether you’re here at the Capitol working during the session, a researcher looking for key events from sessions past, or an interested citizen looking for a snapshot of your government in action, these publications offer an excellent overview of what’s been happening for the last 50 years “under the dome.”   

Jan 15

Tech Talks 2016 Programs

Posted to Librarian News by Lianne Flax

Wish you could do more technology programming for your patrons? Nathan Carr, IT Supervisor of Newton Public Library, does a different topic every month and these programs are available for any library to join.

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