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Jun 14

Special Session

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Brett Rurode

A Special Session has been called and will begin on June 23rd.  The Legislative Procedure Manual states “the Governor may call a special session if the legislature whenever the Governor believes it warranted.”  They usually are called to address one or two important matters.  This year, the governor has called a Special Session to address school finance.

Important things to know:

  1. There is no specific time limit on a Special Session, but they typically take 2 to 3 days.
  2. New bill numbers will be introduced.  It is possible that the subject matter of a previous bill could come up, but the bill number will be different.
  3. Even though the Special Session is called to address school finance, other topics can come up.
  4. Legislators will not have office staff to answer questions and take messages. 
  5. During Special Session, the legislators are not allowed to accept campaign contributions.

KSA 25-4153a  

If you have any questions, please contact the State Library’s Legislative Hotline at 1-800-432-3924 

Special Sessions are permitted by the Kansas Constitution under Article One, Section 5:



State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3924

Jun 23

The Kansas Induced Seismicity State Task Force

Posted to KGI Online Library by Bill Sowers

In 2014 Governor Sam Brownback established the Kansas Induced Seismicity State Task Force to investigate the increased number of earthquakes being reported in Kansas, primarily in Harper and Sumner County.  The Task Force met six times and developed a Seismic Action Plan.

Information on this Task Force is available at the Kansas Corporation Commission's website:

The State Library of Kansas has also collected some material on this subject which can be found here:

About the Kansas Induced Seismicity State Task Force [2014]

Kansas Seismic Action Plan [2014]
Cover letter from the Kansas Induced Seismicity State Task Force to Governor Sam Brownback regarding the release of the State Action Plan for Induced Seismicity [2014]

Response to Comments: Kansas Induced Seismicity Action Plan [2014]

Response to Comments, Second Draft: Kansas Induced Seismicity Action Plan [2014]

Induced seismicity : the potential for triggered earthquakes in Kansas [2014]

Material Collected From the Induced Seismicity State Task Force Meeting, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Newman University, Wichita, Kansas

The KGI Online Library also has a document issued by the City of Wichita on damage in that city during an earthquake which occurred in south central Kansas on January 6, 2016:

Earthquake incident report : event: January 6, 2016



we feature here a different agency or division of a large agency and its publications within the Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library:

The KAAAC members devise strategies to address the public policy concerns of the African American community through its partnerships with the state agencies, corporations and foundations. The Commission will serve as a conduit for programs, grants, research, and policy advice for state and local organizations in addressing concerns that are unique to the African American Community in the state of Kansas.

May 04

Digital Book May Webinars

Posted to Librarian News by Lianne Flax

One of the Digital Book eLending webinars for this month had a conflict and has been rescheduled.  Here's the current line up.  For join links, descriptions, and any other upcoming webinars please see the Training & Librarian Documents page under Statewide Services:

  • May 5 – Kids Digital Books (Britannica E-STAX and the storybook platforms)
  • May 12- eBooks: Total Boox & Freading
  • May 17 – eBooks: 3M Cloud Library & Enki (was May 10)
  • May 19 – Audiboooks: OneClickdigital

Additionally, earlier today we shared part of a Gardening eBooks highlight post on KanLib, KASL, and CULS lists.  See the Online Services patron blog for the full post on these books.  A Digital Book of the Week is posted on that blog every Wednesday.