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This blog provides links to current resources to help you find what is new and noteworthy in the state of Kansas. State Library staff will highlight a topic of specific interest and supply links to important news and services in the state of Kansas.

Sep 26

Statewide Recycling Services

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 9:58 AM by Candace Leduc


Recycling has become more popular in recent years.  Many people feel that it is a responsibility we owe to our planet, and not just a passing fad.  It is also becoming easier to find recycling locations.  Several towns in Kansas have operating recycling programs for their citizens.  Check out these government and private recycling webpages for more information.

Shawnee County Recycling Services

Sedgwick County Recycling Guide

Johnson County Recycling and Disposal

Kansas City Recycling

Bonner Springs Curbside Recycling Program

City of Lawrence Recycling Program

Hays Recycling Program

Riley County Recycling

Dodge City

Kansas Recycles

Find Kansas Recycling Programs

Recycle City (games and activities about recycling)

Kansas Organization of Recyclers

Sep 15

Statewide Referendum on Nonprofit Raffles

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM by Brian Herder

Holding raffles is a popular way for nonprofit clubs and organizations to make money. Unfortunately in Kansas there is a little snag - because they are a form of unauthorized gambling, raffles are actually illegal.

Gambling, in the form of "lotteries and the sale of lottery tickets" was made "forever illegal" by the Constitution of the state of Kansas in 1861. Despite the "forever" part, since 1975 the government and people of Kansas have steadily chipped away at the categorical gambling prohibition via constitutional amendments.

In the Kansas Constitution, "Lotteries" fall under "Article 15, Section 3", with the currently-existing gambling-related amendments under Sections 3a, 3b, and 3c. In 2014 the state legislature proposed an amendment to make raffles a legal form of fundraising in Kansas. The actual text of the the proposed raffle amendment and an explanatory summary are provided at the links below.

Voters will have the chance to approve the measure in November.

Text of Proposed Raffle Amendment (SCR 1618)

Summary of Legislation

Kansas Constitution - Article Fifteen: Miscellaneous

Kansas Constitution

Aug 20

Legislative Clippings at the State Library

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

One important resource in the State Library of Kansas is the newspaper clippings. These clippings are essentially like scrap books, containing material on state governmental topics for each year from newspapers throughout the state. The State Library has these from 1913 to the present in the collection.

In earlier years, the newspaper articles were cut and pasted by the legislative staff onto sheets of heavy card stock type material. The name of the newspaper, along with the date, is handwritten at the top of the article. Currently, newspaper articles are printed out from various news sources, and compiled into binders by subject and year. An archive of the clippings, going back to 2006, is also available on the library’s website at the Kansas Newspaper Clippings page.

The clippings are used by patrons to answer research questions, in addition to possibly providing legislative intent, especially in the earlier years when minutes were not kept for meetings. The clippings have historical value, and offer chronological coverage when researching past legislators, legislative sessions, and state agency issues.

Patrons can browse through the clippings by coming to the State Library between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. They are located in the lower stacks, and are accessible to all patrons. The clippings can be scanned or copied, and are available for use in the library.

The pictures below are just some examples of what the earlier clippings look like. These pictures are of the title page, and page 46, from the 1943 legislative session.  In the second picture, the handwriting denoting the newspaper and the date is visible at the top of each article. Legislative Clippings

1943 page of Clipping
Feel free to stop by the State Library of Kansas to view the clippings in person, and to research a bit of history. Also, stay tuned for more informative postings of From the Reference Desk.

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3919