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Keep up to date on our Kansas Legislature with Policy Watch

The League of Women Voters legislative liaison, Paul Johnson, has released his next report. Read the latest “Policy Watch”

Policy Watch Weekly Update is a publication of the Kansas Rural Center with sponsorship from the following: KRC’s Policy Watch partners: League of Women Voters, Kansas Natural Resource Council, Kansas Farmers Union, Climate and Energy Project, and Audubon of Kansas.

Visit KRC’s website to read about the recent activities of the Kansas Legislature.


2018 Legislative Sessions Will Be Historical

  •  All Committee rooms are now equipped for audio live streaming. The House chamber will soon be video live streamed.  For now, sessions can be viewed at the end of the day. Soon a permanent camera will show the session live. The Legislature has a YouTube link for viewing daily sessions. For instance, here is the Fri., Feb. 2, House session:
  •  A list of committees can be found at http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/committees/
  • Other new transparency measures are in place.  In an important move, committee minutes must now reflect the name of the person who introduces each new bill.

Concerned about an issue or a bill?

Call the KS toll-free legislative hotline at (800) 432-3924 and leave a message for your state legislator. Calls are answered by librarians at the State Library of Kansas, and all conversations are confidential. The hotline is available weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You will be asked for your name, your address (so they can find your legislator), and your brief message.

You can also text questions to 785-256-0733 or instant message at Ask-a-Librarian. These experienced research librarians will also answer your questions about legislation, legislative procedures, and state government.