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Kansas Statutory Research  

This guide points to print and online resources to assist with statutory research and legislative history.
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Research steps

  1. Identify the statute/section you want to research. The subject areas are designated as chapters, and within the chapters are articles and finally sections.
  2. Find which session law created the language. This information is listed in the History section following the text of the statute.
  3. Determine which bill created the law. The bill number will be given in the session laws.
  4. Trace the procedural history of the bill within the legislature. House / senate journals and committee minutes may prove useful.
  5. Find articles or books that cover the history of the original bill or the statute; some controversial or high-profile bills may be written about by interested individuals or groups.


Legislative history research:
the process of locating records documenting the development of state laws as they are created and rejected or passed by the legislature. The records are important as an indicator of legislative intent

Legislative intent:
the reason the law was created; important in understanding how a law is to be applied.

an act of the legislature declaring, commanding, or prohibiting something. The statutes are organized by subject matter. The "History" portion following the text of the statute shows the original session law number and any subsequent amendments. Our library has both the Kansas Statutes Annotated (published by the state) and West’s Kansas Statutes Annotated. Both sets can be found on floors 2-5 in the library.

Session laws:
laws enacted during each legislative session; published in Session Laws of Kansas following the close of the session. The Kansas Session Laws are located in the Kansas materials on the third floor of the library.

Committee minutes:
the record of discussion of bills in each legislative committee. Some unofficial minutes are available online but earlier ones are only available from Legislative Administrative Services in Topeka.


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