Legislators return to Topeka
Rep. Troy Findley, D-Lawrence, joins many of his colleagues in the Kansas Legislature who are preparing for the new session, opening Monday.
Thursday, Findley moved boxes of documents from his old second floor office to his new office on the third floor of the Statehouse in Topeka.
Hot line allows access to legislative activity
Information about Kansas legislative activity and documents is available through a telephone hot line.
The Legislative Reference Section of the Kansas State Library will begin operation of the Legislative Hotline Monday. The hotline number is (800) 432-3924.
Information on bill introduction, sponsorship and amendments will be available through the hot line, as well as copies of bills, calendars and legislative documents.
The Legislative Reference Section maintains a collection of current and historical legislative documents, an index to Kansas legislation and a current and historical collection of Kansas newspaper clippings.
Roll call voting records also are available through the hot line.
Mental health center to play host to summit
Douglas County residents will have the opportunity to interact with nationally recognized experts on building healthier communities at a summit this month.
"Building a Better Community, A Bert Nash Mental Health Center Community Summit," is being presented by the Bert Nash Center in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
According to chief executive officer Sandra Shaw, question-and-answer sessions and a discussion panel will promote the exchange of ideas with presenters about how to make Douglas County a better place to live, work and grow.
The summit will be from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.
Complimentary tickets are available at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine, Suite A, and can be reserved by calling Debbie Matthias, administrative assistant, at 843-9192.
Red Cross of Kansas receives winter grant
The American Red Cross of Kansas has received a grant to help low-income Kansans manage extraordinary winter expenses.
The $750,000 grant was given by the ONEOK Foundation Inc., based in Tulsa, Okla.
In addition to assisting Kansans through the grant, the Red Cross will work with the Kansas Gas Service Co. on a program that will qualify up to 7,500 customers for a 50 percent discount on gas bills.
Applications will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31 to credit bills from Jan. 2 to June 30.
The program will be financed by the Kansas ad valorem tax refund.
For more information, contact the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, 2518 Ridge Court, at 843-3550.