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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.

Aug 19

Kansas Laws on Child Vaccinations

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 11:35 AM by Brian Herder


In the last several years, the subject of child vaccinations has become a contentious topic. The issue typically boils down to balancing parents' rights to raise their own children as they see fit, and society's desire to keep individual children and the public as a whole as safe as possible from preventable illness.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a web page addressing immunizations under the Kansas Immunization Program. An additional KDHE web page hosts school-related immunization brochures.

If you'd like to check out the nuts-and-bolts legal stuff, the Kansas Legislature has passed numerous laws addressing childhood vaccinations:

KSA 65-508. Equipment, supplies, accommodations; competent supervision and care of children; rules and regulations; immunizations.

KSA 72-5208.   Health tests and inoculations; definitions

KSA 72-5209.   Same; certification of completion required, alternatives; duties of school boards.

KSA 72-510.   Same; duties of public health departments and officers; fees, exception to payment.

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

Aug 19

KPERS information for 2015

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 11:33 AM by Brian Herder

KPERS blog

The 2015 Kansas Legislative session involved much discussion about KPERS, the Kansas public employees' retirement system. Quite a few KPERS-related bills were proposed. The KPERS bill that generated the most interest during session, HB 2253, was not passed this year, but remains alive for the 2016 session. In the end two KPERS-related bills passed: Senate Sub for HB 2095 and SB 228.

Below are KPERS-related links to documents and resources that may prove helpful. First is the text for Senate Sub for HB 2095 and SB 228, along with their respective "Summaries of Legislation" published by the non-partisan Kansas Legislative Research Department.

After the 2015 legislation are links to the KPERS website and various KPERS documents and PDFs explaining KPERS-based retirement planning and issues.


Senate Sub for HB 2095
Senate Sub for HB 2095 (Summary of Legislation)

SB 228
SB 228 (Summary of Legislation)

KPERS Home Page

Working After Retirement Flowchart, based on 2015 Legislation

KPERS Steps to Retire

Getting Ready to Retire: Your KPERS Pre-Retirement Planning Guide

KPERS Pre-Retirement Presentation

Getting Ready to Retire: Your KP&F Pre-Retirement Planning Guide

KP&F Pre-Retirement Presentation

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

Jun 19

Kansas Travel Information

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM by Brett Rurode

Kansas Map
It’s been a long year already, and we are only halfway through.  Do you need a quick get-away?  Here are some travel websites with Kansas vacation ideas.  You don’t need to go far from home for an exciting escape.

The state of Kansas’ travel website:

Here is an independent travel website for the state of Kansas:

Famous Kansas attractions…and a few you’ve never heard of:

For outdoor vacations including camping, boating, and hiking:

Don’t forget about rural Kansas.  Small towns have great attractions too:

Roadside America provides information on some of the more off-beat things to see and do in Kansas:

The Kansas Historical Society in Topeka is a great place to visit:

If you come through Topeka, don’t forget to stop by the Kansas State Capitol:

Nathan Carr of Newton Public Library has put together a great webinar on Kansas Travel:


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