Session of 1999
By Senator Hensley

  9             AN  ACT relating to the state library and the state librarian; state library
10             advisory commission; amending K.S.A. 75-2535 and 75-2546 and re-
11             pealing the existing sections.
13       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
14             Section  1. K.S.A. 75-2535 is hereby amended to read as follows: 75-
15       2535. On and after the effective date of this act, the state librarian shall
16       be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate as
17       provided in K.S.A. 75-4315b legislative coordinating council to serve un-
18       der its direction. The state librarian may be removed from office by a vote
19       of five members of the legislative coordinating council taken at any regular
20       meeting of such council. Any person appointed as the state librarian shall
21       hold a graduate degree in library science and shall have not less than five
22       years actual experience in library administration. The state librarian and
23       all employees of the state library shall be in the unclassified service under
24       the Kansas civil service act and shall hold office at the pleasure of the
25       governor. The state librarian appointed by the legislative coordinating
26       council shall receive such compensation as is determined by the legislative
27       coordinating council. The state librarian shall appoint such assistants and
28       employees as are authorized by the legislative coordinating council and
29       shall set their compensation subject to approval of such council. The state
30       librarian, and any of the state librarian's assistants specified by the leg-
31       islative coordinating council, shall receive expenses and allowances for in-
32       state and out-of-state travel as is provided by K.S.A. 75-3212 and amend-
33       ments thereto. The state librarian shall have complete control of the state
34       library, including all extension library services and reader services for the
35       blind and other handicapped persons. The state librarian shall employ a
36       director of reference to administer laws providing for the state library
37       and reference services.
38             Sec.  2. K.S.A. 75-2546 is hereby amended to read as follows: 75-
39       2546. The state library advisory commission in effect immediately prior
40       to the effective date of this act is hereby abolished and in its place there
41       is hereby established a new state library advisory commission which shall
42       consist of eight members. One member of the commission shall be the
43       state librarian who shall be an ex officio member but shall not be a voting
44       member. The Three of the other seven members of the commission shall
45       be appointed by the governor. One member shall be a representative
46       librarian from one of the state educational institutions under the control
47       and supervision of the state board of regents and one member shall be a
48       qualified member of the Kansas federation of women's clubs. The other
49       four members of the commission shall be appointed as follows: One by
50       the president of the senate, one by the speaker of the house of represen-
51       tatives, one by the minority leader of the senate and one by the minority
52       leader of the house of representatives. No member shall be appointed to
53       more than two consecutive terms. Terms of appointive members of the
54       commission shall be for four years and shall expire on June 30 of the year
55       in which the respective terms expire. All members shall be interested in
56       promoting the establishment and developing development of publicly sup-
57       ported free library services in the state and encouraging development of
58       libraries of all types.
59             The commission shall consult and advise with the state librarian from
60       time to time and suggest or recommend to the governor and the state
61       librarian policies, management and services that will best promote and
62       advance the use and usefulness of the state library and its extension serv-
63       ices for the residents of the state. The commission shall organize annually
64       by electing a chairperson and a vice-chairperson. The vice-chairperson
65       shall preside at meetings in the absence of the chairperson. The state
66       librarian shall serve as secretary of the commission. The commission shall
67       hold quarterly meetings and other meetings which may be called by the
68       secretary. The commission shall meet upon request of a majority of the
69       members of the commission. Members of the state library advisory com-
70       mission attending meetings of the commission, or attending a subcom-
71       mittee meeting thereof authorized by the commission, shall be paid
72       amounts provided in subsection (e) of K.S.A. 75-3223, and amendments
73       thereto. Amounts paid under this section shall be paid from appropria-
74       tions to the state library upon warrants of the director of accounts and
75       reports issued pursuant to vouchers approved by the state librarian or a
76       person designated by the state librarian. 
77       Sec.  3. K.S.A. 75-2535 and 75-2546 are hereby repealed.
78        Sec.  4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
79       publication in the Kansas register.