May 23, 2022

Kansas: Bill Would Put State Library Under Legislature’s Control

From the Lawrence Journal-World:

A bill pending in the Senate would make a big change to an agency that is one of the smallest in state government, yet one that has a big impact on other agencies and communities throughout the state, the Kansas State Library.


While the State Library is currently under the executive branch, the major portion of the services it provides is related to the Kansas Legislature,” Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, told the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Tuesday.

Hensley is the author of a bill that would put the State Library under direct control of the Legislature. It would give the Legislative Coordinating Council, which includes House and Senate leaders from both parties, the power to hire and fire the State Librarian.

State Librarian Jo Budler, who has held the job since 2010, gave neutral testimony on the bill, but she said she agreed that much of the library’s day-to-day job involves supporting the Legislature.

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See Also: Read the Full Text of the Bill (SB 226)

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