Kansas Day - January 29

On January 29, 1861, Kansas became the 34th state. Explore the Kansas Territorial period through the Civil War with the Kansas History database. You’ll find everything from digitized letters, maps and personal accounts, to photos, sermons and songs. Use Browse to scroll through the topics, Search, or click on one of five broad categories for an overview of the early Kansas years. Educators: each of the five categories includes an essay with corresponding primary source documents.

https://kslib.info/kshistory

If the page above asks for a Kansas Library eCard number, you may get one at any library in Kansas. Most people will be automatically recognized as inside Kansas and will not need this step. Questions: kslc@ks.gov or 785-296-3296.

The Kansas Constitution, including the Ordinance, Preamble, and Bill of Rights, is available to print in a pocket-sized version from the State Library’s website https://kslib.info/constitution. Just click on the link and follow the instructions.

A helpful diagram shows how to fold and where to cut to assemble your pocket-sized constitution. Be sure you print double sided and check “flip on the long edge”. A long reach stapler is helpful, but not necessary. Need help? Just Ask a Librarian - https://kslib.info/Ask

JEFF COLYER TO BECOME GOVERNOR NEXT WEEK: Governor Sam Brownback will resign next week after being confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to International Religious Freedom this past Wednesday. Brownback’s last day in office will be January 31st and Lt. Governor Colyer will be sworn in as governor at 3 p.m. the same day.

Governor Sam Brownback was formally nominated by President Trump in July.

Lieutenant Governor Colyer issued the following statement:

"The next step will become clear within the next few days as the governor prepares to go off to serve in his new position and I prepare to take the reins as the 47th Governor of the State of Kansas. I am excited to get to work listening, serving, and leading on behalf of the people of Kansas."

MARCH FOR LIFE: Rain, snow, and inclement weather could not stop hundreds of pro-life Kansans from gathering at the Statehouse Tuesday for the annual March for Life held in Topeka. January 23rd marked the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade which made abortion legal in the United States.

The march began at the Topeka Performing Arts Center and ended with a rally on the statehouse steps where marchers heard from speakers such as Governor Sam Brownback, Kansans for Life executive director, Mary Kay Culp, and abortion survivor Melissa Ohden. Governor Brownback cited the fact that over the past six years there have been 17,000 fewer abortions than the previous six years.

“Now, I didn’t do this. You did this. The legislators did this,” Brownback said. “But here’s the actual number — 17,000 fewer abortions over the prior six years than the six years before that. You’ve made a difference. We have 17,000 fewer abortions in Kansas because of what you have done. Keep doing it. This is important.”

One major concern expressed by participants of the march, was the possibility of the Kansas Supreme Court overturning the ban on dismemberment abortions, a second-trimester abortion procedure. The ban on dismemberment abortions was a first-in-the-nation law signed by Gov. Brownback in 2015. Speakers and marchers alike on Monday showed their continued commitment to protecting life at all stages.

KANCARE 2.0: Governor Brownback’s administration announced this week that they would halt their plan to move forward with KanCare 2.0. The announcement comes after Senate President Susan Wagle, Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Chairwoman Vicki Schmidt, and Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Carolyn McGinn expressed concerns with the implementation of KanCare 2.0 in early January.

“We believe there is still work to stabilize KanCare 1.0 and that there is no certain path forward for KanCare 2.0 at this time,” Wagle said in a statement earlier this month.

Brownback and Colyer explained this week that they want to address the concerns raised by legislators in regards to increased costs and the state’s ability to absorb those costs in future budgets. The administration plans to work with the Kansas legislature to determine the best path forward with KanCare.

Thank You for Engaging

Thank you for all your calls, emails, and letters regarding your thoughts and concerns about happenings in Kansas. Constituent correspondence helps inform my decision-making process and is taken into great consideration when I cast my vote in the Kansas Senate. I hope you’ll continue to engage with me on the issues that matter most to you, your family, and our community. If you are on Twitter or Facebook, I encourage you to follow along with the #ksleg hashtag for realtime updates on legislative happenings in Topeka. Please know that I am fully committed to addressing the current issues in our state, and I am proud to be your voice in the Kansas Senate.