Listen to address
Gov. Sam Brownback will give his 2014 State of the State address at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday from the House chamber in the Statehouse
The speech will be broadcast live on KPTS, Channel 8.
You can search for bills by keywords or phrases and track a bill through the legislative process.
You also can listen to House and Senate sessions live.
The hotline has information about legislative activity and documents, including bill introductions, sponsorships, amendments, status, history and other related legislative action.
To examine where the state’s money comes from and how it is being spent, go to www.kansas.gov/kanview.
Lobby a legislator
You can find updated contact information for legislators next week at Kansas.com and at www.kslegislature.org.Write a letter. Send an e-mail. Make a phone call. Watch for public forums.
Contact the governor
Testify about a bill
If you feel strongly about a bill, you can speak before a committee assigned to study it. Contact the committee assigned to study the bill. You’ll find the information at www.kslegislature.org.
You’ll need written copies of your testimony. Ask how many copies to bring and how long you will be allowed to speak.
Committee members may ask questions, and committee decisions often may not be made the same day as the hearing.
Research the bill number and the bill’s status. Let the committee know whether you have any expertise on the issue. Be brief.
View campaign contributions
Find out who donated money to your legislator through reports filed with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. Go to www.kansas.gov/ethics/index.html and click on Campaign Finance on the left side of the screen, then click on View Submitted Forms & Reports.
Find a department
Go to www.kansas.gov for links to all state departments and elected officials, including the governor, attorney general and secretary of state.
Be a legislative page
Students who are 12 or older can get a firsthand look at how the Legislature works by volunteering to be a page for a day. Pages work as messengers from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. They also tour the Capitol building. Contact your legislator and ask to apply; spots fill up quickly.
Tour the Capitol
The newly renovated Capitol is open to the public 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
The Kansas Historical Society offers free tours on weekdays. From January through May, tours are held at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. From June through December, tours are at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Reservations are strongly encouraged but not required. Call 785-296-3966 for reservations or go to www.kshs.org, click on Visit, then Capitol Tours and fill out the online reservation form.
Tours of the Capitol dome are expected to resume soon.
The Visitors Center opened Jan. 2 on the ground floor of the Statehouse. It includes the Capitol Store, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Visitors can enter the Capitol off Eighth Avenue and can park free for two hours in the underground parking garage.