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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.

Jan 09

Session Has Started!!

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 3:51 PM by Brett Rurode

Here are some important things to know:

1. Live audio streaming is now available for committee meetings.  To access proceedings or for archived meetings, click on “Audio/Video  ? Statehouse Live & Archive” on the upper right-hand corner of Kansas Legislature website.

2. The chamber proceedings will have live audio broadcast.  They can also be accessed through the “Audio/Video  ? Statehouse Live & Archive” link, or though “Live Audio Broadcast” further down the Kansas Legislature webpage.
3. “Current Happenings” is a good way to keep up on what is going on.

4. Here is a link to the 2018 Session Deadlines.  You may not need it now, but you will eventually…

5. And last but not least, parking in the Capitol Parking Garage is limited to 2 hours and it is monitored.

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


Dec 20

Notable Legislator, Daniel R. Anthony

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 11:31 AM by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

Susan B. Anthony is a name that most people have heard of, but did you know her brother, Daniel Read Anthony, was a legislator in Kansas?

Daniel Read Anthony came to Kansas from Massachusetts with a purpose to fight slavery. Anthony made his home in Leavenworth, and established the town’s newspaper. Although most documents do not mention his time as a legislator, Anthony is shown to have served during one session as a representative in the House in 1874. His son, Daniel Read Anthony, Jr., is also mentioned in some of the information listed below, as well as his grandson, Daniel Read Anthony III.

To read further information and biographies on Daniel R. Anthony, please view the links below.

State Library of Kansas Legislators Past and Present

Kansas Illustriana (PDF)

Kansas City Public Library (encyclopedia entry)

United States Biographical Dictionary, pgs. 56-63 (biography)

A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans (biography)

Kansas Memory (various documents, including one mentioning his son)

Kansas Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, Spring 1958, Number 1 (letters)

Kansas Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, Summer 1958, Number 2 (letters)

Kansas Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, Autumn 1958, Number 3 (no links provided, but PDF here) (letters)

Kansas Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, Winter 1958, Number 4 (letters)

Thanks for reading!

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

Oct 02

The Office of Governor of Kansas

Posted on October 2, 2017 at 10:15 AM by Brian Herder

Current Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been appointed by President Trump to be the United States' Ambassador-at-large for Religious Freedom. Nothing is final, but assuming Mr. Brownback is confirmed by the US Senate and takes the position, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer will assume the Governor's position for the rest of the term, which lasts until January 2019. Before that, in November 2018, will be the statewide general election for the next governor term. With that in mind, let's take a look at the position of governor of Kansas.

The governor is the elected head executive of the state government of Kansas. Major jobs of the governor include executing Kansas law, developing policies, appointing various statewide officials, resolving disputes within state government agencies, assembling a staff to help run the government, responding to crises, directing the militia (Kansas National Guard), and representing the state of Kansas to Kansans, Americans, and foreigners. Among the governor's major powers is the ability to veto passed legislation, which then requires a 2/3 vote in both houses of the Kansas Legislature to override. Since 1904 the governor has had the power to make line-item vetoes of budget items.

From 1860 until 1974, Kansas governors were elected to two-year terms. Sweeping constitutional changes to the Executive and Legislative Articles in 1972 changed numerous government officials' term-lengths, including the governor's, effective 1974. The governor's term is now four years, and there is a two-term consecutive term limit.

The main laws defining the governor's powers and duties are found first in Article One of the Kansas Constitution, and then in the Kansas statutes.

An online list of historical Kansas governors can be found at the State Library's website, along with Executive Orders since 2011.