From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 6, 1971:
- The local election was looming, and the slate was full. Candidates on the ballot for Lawrence City Commission were Charles Fisher, Nancy Hambleton, J. Oliver Harris, Edwin Stene, Jack Rose, and Peter Whitenight. Lawrence school board candidates were Kenneth Anderson, John Chaney, Julie Hack, Richard Holzmeister, Jack Landreth, Dwayne Peaslee, Odell Shaver, and John Spearman. Voters were also facing the issue of a half-cent city sales tax to raise up to $450,000 for upgrades to the city police and fire departments as well as the issue of whether 18-to-20-year-olds should be allowed to vote in state and local elections. The group was already legally empowered to vote in federal elections.
- In Topeka, the Senate State and Local Affairs Committee had restored a provision in a House-passed beer licensing bill which would have allowed anyone with a cereal malt beverage license to sell packaged beer on Sundays.