Kansas State Resource Center
Kansas Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
As the chief law enforcement officer for the State of Kansas, the Attorney General provides legal services to state agencies and boards, promotes open and accountable government, issues Attorney General’s Opinions, protects consumers from fraud, assists the victims of crime and defends the state in civil proceedings.
As the state's Chief Executive, the governor represents all the people and is responsible for safeguarding the public interest. The governor is responsible for establishing goals for the state and to provide state government and the people with leadership, direction and vision.
- Lt. Governor
The Lieutenant Governor of Kansas is the lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Kansas. The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor for a four year term. He or she is the second-ranking member of the executive branch of Kansas state government. The lieutenant governor succeeds to the officer of governor if the office becomes vacant, and may also serve as acting governor if the governor is incapacitated or absent from the state.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is one of only four state officers authorized by the Kansas constitution and elected state-wide every four years. The Office serves all Kansans by performing numerous statutory duties related to the administration of statewide elections, business entities and the uniform commercial code. The Kansas constitution created the office, but statutes define their daily duties.
- State of Kansas
The State of Kansas is located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa tribe, which inhabited the area. Residents of Kansas are called "Kansans."
- State Treasurer
The State Treasurer's office includes the following divisions: Administration - overall management and direction of all activities of the office and staff; Bond Services - registration and servicing of municipal bonds; Cash Management - charged with receipt and deposit responsibilities, as well as those relating to payment of warrants; Kansas Learning Quest - a 529 college savings plan offering education savings accounts to help pay for higher education expenses; and Unclaimed Property - receive and track certain unclaimed properties from businesses while trying to find rightful owners and heirs.
Kansas Legislative Branch
- Kansas Legislative Branch
The Kansas Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Kansas. It is a bicameral assembly, composed of the lower Kansas House of Representatives, comprising of 125 Representatives, and the upper Kansas Senate, with 40 Senators.
Kansas Court Rules and Forms
- 10th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to the Available Forms for the 10th Judicial District Court of Kansas (Johnson County).
- 16th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to the Small Claims Procedure Forms for the 16th Judicial District Court of Kansas (Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa, Meade Counties).
- 18th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to the Available Forms for the 18th Judicial District Court of Kansas (Sedgwick County).
- 30th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to the Available Forms for the 30th Judicial District Court of Kansas (Barber, Harper, Kingman, Pratt, Sumner Counties).
- 31st Judicial District Court Forms
Links to the Available Forms for the 301st Judicial District Court of Kansas (Allen, Neosho, Wilson, Woodson Counties).
- 3rd Judicial District Court Forms
Links to Forms for the 3rd Judicial District Court of Kansas (Shawnee County).
- 4th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to the Available Forms for the 4th Judicial District Court of Kansas ((Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Osage Counties).
- 5th Judicial District Drug Court Forms
Links to the 5th Judicial District Drug Court Documents and Forms (Lyon & Chase Counties).
- 6th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to the Available Forms for the 6th Judicial District Court of Kansas (Bourbon, Linn, Miami Counties).
- 7th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to the Available Forms & Documents for the 7th Judicial District Court of Kansas (Douglas County).
- Kansas Child Support Guidelines
Provides links and information to Child Support Guidelines. Staff of the Office of Judicial Administration are prohibited from giving the public legal advice, research assistance, or aid in interpreting the Kansas Child Support Guidelines.
- Kansas Court Forms
Provides links to the forms available online by the Kansas Judicial Counsel (Non-Court Site).
- Kansas State Local District Court Rules - Judicial Districts
Provides links to the district courts of Kansas that have Local Rules. (There are 31 Judicial Districts. Not all of them have Local Rules.)
- Kansas Supreme/Appellate Court Rules
Provides Links to Rules Adopted by the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Appellate Practice.
Kansas Judicial Branch
- Kansas Judicial Branch
There are several different levels of courts in Kansas to handle various kinds of cases. Municipal (city) courts deal with alleged violations of city ordinances committed within the city limits. The cases usually involve traffic and other minor offenses. District courts are the trial courts of Kansas, with general original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, including divorce and domestic relations, damage suits, probate and administration of estates, guardianships, conservatorships, care of the mentally ill, juvenile matters, and small claims. The Court of Appeals hears all appeals from orders of the State Corporation Commission, and all appeals from the district courts in both civil and criminal cases except those which may be appealed directly to the Supreme Court. The Kansas Supreme Court is the state court of last resort. It hears direct appeals from the district courts in the most serious criminal cases and appeals in any case in which a statute has been held unconstitutional. It may review cases decided by the Court of Appeals, and may transfer cases from that court to the Supreme Court.
Kansas Executive Branch
- Animal Health Department
The Kansas Animal Health Department (KAHD) was created in 1969 by consolidating all of the activities of: the Livestock Sanitary Commission and the State Brand Commission. The KAHD is divided into four divisions: administration, disease control, animal facilities inspection and brands. The Department works with two Boards, a nine member Kansas Animal Health Board and a ten member Pet Animal Advisory Board.
- Department of Administration
The Kansas Department of Administration (KDA) is responsible for providing many administrative services to the State's bureaus and departments, including payroll, maintenance of public buildings, and information technology. KDA is administered by the Secretary of Administration, who is appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Kansas Senate.
- Department of Agriculture
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is a regulatory agency that serves all Kansans. It is charged by law to ensure: a safe food supply; responsible and judicious use of pesticides and nutrients; the protection of Kansas' natural and cultivated plants; integrity of weighing and measuring devices in commerce; and, that the state's waters are put to beneficial use.
- Department of Commerce and Housing
As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. The Department comprises a variety of programs and services that create jobs, attract new investment, provide workforce training, encourage community development and promote the state as a great place to live, work and play.
- Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections, as part of the criminal justice system, contributes to the public safety and supports victims of crime by exercising safe and effective containment and supervision of inmates, by managing offenders in the community, and by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens.
- Department of Education
The Kansas State Department of Education oversees k-12 education in Kansas.
- Department of Health and Environment
KDHE has 3 Divisions. The Division of Health collects, analyzes and publishes information on many aspects of the health status of Kansas residents; uses information from its assessments and other sources to develop policies needed to promote and protect health and prevent disease and injury among the people of Kansas; and provides services that are needed to achieve state health goals. The Division of Environment works vigorously with operators to achieve compliance with state and federal environmental statutes and regulations and conducts financial or technical assistance programs such as the Wastewater Revolving Loan Fund and the Pollution Prevention Program to assist the regulated community. KHEL information is used to diagnose and prevent diseases of public health interest which range from AIDS to childhood lead toxicity. KHEL surveillance information also guards the safety of public drinking water as well as ambient air and water quality.
- Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (KDOL) administers the unemployment insurance program and processes claims for unemployment benefits. KDOL operates the state’s workers compensation system and enforces Kansas employment standards including wage and hour laws and child labor laws. The agency also houses a research unit that compiles critical data on employment in Kansas.
- Department of Revenue
Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) collects taxes and fees, administers Kansas tax laws, issues a variety of licenses and provides assistance to Kansas citizens and units of government. KDOR includes the following Divisions: Alcoholic Beverage Control; Motor Vehicle; Property Valuation; and Taxation.
- Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) was established in 1973 as an umbrella agency to oversee social services and state institutions. The mission of the SRS is to protect children and promote adult self-sufficiency.
- Department of Transportation
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is a state government organization in charge of maintaining public roadways of the U.S. state of Kansas.
- Department of Wildlife and Parks
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is a cabinet-level agency with a Secretary appointed by the Governor. A seven-member, bipartisan commission, also appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary and approves regulations governing outdoor recreation and fish and wildlife resources in Kansas. KDWP has five divisions: Executive Services, Administrative Services, Fisheries and Wildlife, Law Enforcement, and Parks.
- Department on Aging
The Kansas Department on Aging (KDOA) mission is to promote the security, dignity and independence of Kansas seniors.
- Department. of Credit Unions
The objectives of the Kansas Department of Credit Unions (KDCU) include ensuring the safety and soundness of credit unions and the monitoring of compliance with laws and regulations, thereby safeguarding the funds of credit union members. These objectives are carried out by a staff of credit union financial examiners, and an office support staff dedicated to continuously improving working relations with their customers.
- Division of Emergency Management
The Division of Emergency Management is the arm of the Adjutant General's Department that provides mitigation advocacy, planning requirements and guidance, response coordination, and administration of recovery programs for the civil sector of the State, regardless of the type of hazards. The mission of the Division is to provide a 24-hour operation to reduce loss of life and property, protect Kansans from all hazards by providing and coordinating resources, expertise, leadership and advocacy through a comprehensive, risk-based emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
- Division of Travel and Tourism
TravelKS.com is the official web site of the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Division. This site offers travelers the opportunity to plan vacation and leisure travel trips, including lodging, attractions, and events throughout KS.
- Juvenile Justice Authority
The Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA) is a cabinet level criminal justice agency. The JJA leads a broad-based state and local, public and private partnership to provide the state's comprehensive juvenile justice system. This includes prevention and intervention programs, community-based graduated sanctions and juvenile correctional facilities.
- Kansas Amber Plan
In 1996, nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The area's Association of Radio Managers with the region's law enforcement agencies, reacted by developing a program to promptly distribute information when a child is abducted. They called the program the AMBER Plan in memory of Amber. Statewide AMBER Plans have facilitated the recovery of dozens of children. Kansas established an AMBER Plan in September 2002. The Attorney General oversees the statewide alert system to deter potential abductors and quickly mobilize citizens to contact authorities with helpful information when an alert is issued.
- Kansas Bureau of Investigation
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is dedicated to providing professional investigative and laboratory services to criminal justice agencies, and the collection and dissemination of criminal justice information to public and private agencies, for the purpose of promoting public safety and the prevention of crime in Kansas.
- Kansas Development Finance Authority
Created and dedicated to the economic growth and prosperity the State of Kansas, KDFA works with qualifying public and private entities to identify financial resources and appropriate financial structures. The powers of the Kansas Development Finance Authority are vested by statute in a five-member Board of Directors who are appointed by the Governor to staggered four-year terms of office, subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate.
- Kansas Forest Service
Kansas Forest Service is responsible for foresty and fire management in the state of Kansas. Their services and programs include Community Forestry; Rural Forestry; Fire Management; Conservation Seedling; and Riparian Forestry.
- Kansas Highway Patrol
The Kansas Highway Patrol is committed to providing protection of life and property through active enforcement of traffic, criminal, and other laws of the State of Kansas, and by supporting homeland security initiatives.
- Kansas Housing Resources Corporation
The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation mission is to enhance Kansas communities with housing opportunities. This goal is achieved through using a variety of strategies and approaches, including increasing homeownership opportunities, leveraging the construction of more affordable rental housing, preserving existing housing through rehabilitation, promoting energy efficiency improvements for owner-occupied and rental housing, providing affordable housing through rent assistance to low-income families and senior citizens, and creating housing opportunities for previously underserved persons and communities.
- Kansas Insurance Department
The Kansas Insurance Department was established by the Kansas Legislature in 1871. The major functions of the Department are to regulate and review companies for financial solvency and regulatory compliance, educate consumers, assist consumers, and license agents selling insurance products in the state.
- Kansas Lottery
The mission of the Kansas Lottery is to produce the maximum amount of revenue possible for the State of Kansas while insuring the integrity of all games. The Kansas Lottery sells $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 scratch tickets and $1 and $2 instant pull tab games. In addition, Kansas Lottery players enjoy Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Super Kansas Cash, Pick 3, 2by2, Keno and Kansas Hold'Em online games.
- Kansas State Gaming Agency
The State Gaming Agency was established by executive order in August of 1995 to fulfill the State of Kansas' obligations under the tribal-state gaming compacts. The agency is responsible for oversight of class III gaming conducted pursuant to tribal-state compacts and monitors compliance with tribal-state gaming compacts and performs the duties of the state gaming agency as provided by tribal-state gaming compacts.
- Kansas State Historical Society
The Kansas State Historical Society operates as the "the trustee of the state" for the purpose of maintaining the state's history and operates the Kansas Museum of History, Kansas State Archives and Library, Kansas State Capitol Tour Center, and 16 state-owned sites. It also serves as the State Historic Preservation Office, and works closely with the Kansas State Department of Education to provide standards-based programs for history and social studies curriculum in the schools.
- Kansas State Library: Blue Skyways of Kansas
The State Library of Kansas provides on-site and online information services for: State & local governments; Other state agencies; State legislators & legislative staff; Local libraries & their users; and Kansas citizens, residents & visitors.
- Kansas, Inc.
Kansas, Inc.'s mission is to strategically build a strong, diversified economy that promotes new and existing industries. To attain that goal, they undertake the following primary activities: identifying, building, and promoting a Strategic Plan for economic development efforts in the State of Kansas; developing and implementing a proactive and aggressive research agenda, which is used to identify and promote sound economic development strategies and policies; and through collaboration and outreach with economic development entities and other potential partners, it conducts evaluation reviews and provides oversight of economic development programs to benchmark economic development efforts in the State of Kansas.
KANSASWORKS is an online resource for posting and finding jobs in the state of Kansas. Individuals can search the database of thousands of resumes; post their job openings; save searches and resumes; manage their company profile; and receive email updates on new Job Seeker resumes.
- Office of the State Bank Commissioner
The Office of the State Bank Commissioner (OSBC) regulates all state-chartered banks and trust companies, savings and loan companies, mortgage businesses, supervised lenders, and money transmitters. OSBC is headed by a Commissioner, who is appointed by the Governor to serve a four year term. The department, under the supervision of the Commissioner, conducts examinations of the banks and trust companies approximately every 18 months. These examinations include an on-site evaluation of assets, capital adequacy, internal routines and controls, bank management and other risk areas. The OSBC also works closely with the Federal Reserve Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the regulation and supervision of these entities.
Kansas Boards and Commissions
- Governmental Ethics Commission
The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission (GEC) is charged with administering, interpreting and enforcing the Campaign Finance Act and laws relating to conflict of interests, financial disclosure and the regulation of lobbying.
- Kansas Board of Regents
The Kansas Board of Regents is a nine-member body which governs six state universities, and supervises and coordinates 19 community colleges, five technical colleges, six technical schools and a municipal university. The Kansas Board of Regents' members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Kansas Senate. Each member serves on the Board as well as various councils and committees throughout the year.
- Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns
Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC) works toward the vision of people with disabilities being equal citizens in society by focusing on partnerships, training, information, and referral at the state, regional, and local level. KCDC provides policy recommendations to the State of Kansas on changes to laws, regulations and programs that affect people with disabilities.
- Kansas Corporation Commission
The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) regulates five cornerstone industries in the Kansas economy. The Commission has the responsibility of ensuring that natural gas, electricity, telephone and transportation vendors provide safe, adequate and reliable services at reasonable rates. The Commission also has the mandate of assuring that oil and gas producers protect correlative rights and environmental resources.
- Kansas Sentencing Commission
The goal of the Kansas Sentencing Commission is to develop and maintain a monitoring system that allows for comprehensive evaluation of the sentencing guidelines. The Commission receives presentence investigation (PSI) reports, probation revocations and journal entries for all persons who are sentenced for felony crimes committed on or after July 1, 1993.
- Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
The Kansas Board of Healing Arts will perform licensing and regulatory functions in accordance with all applicable statutes, rules, and regulations in an open, courteous, and efficient manner. The Board affirms that safeguarding the public is their primary responsibility. The Board and its' staff will approach their responsibilities in a balanced and sensible fashion so regulation can be performed aggressively, but fairly for the benefit of every patron of the State of Kansas.
- Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
The mission of the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions is to provide maximum protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kansas by assuring that the practice of engineering, architecture, land surveying, landscape architecture, and geology in the state is carried out only by those persons who are proven to be qualified as prescribed by the statutes and rules and regulations of the Board of Technical Professions.
- Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner
The Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner is an independent state agency funded entirely by industry fees. The agency regulates and monitors the offering of securities and financial services within Kansas by registering securities, broker-dealers and their agents, investment advisers, loan brokers and certain land subdivisions. Agency staff also investigate potential violations of the laws and ensure that registered persons and entities comply with industry, legal, and accounting standards. The staff has the authority to investigate any investment related activity which has occurred in Kansas, even when companies or individuals from outside of the state are involved.
- Racing and Gaming Commission
The KRGC acts as the state's coordinating agency for most questions and complaints regarding illegal gambling. That role requires the KRGC to employ educational, administrative and law enforcement methods to maintain the integrity of gaming in Kansas and to help curtail illegal gaming.
- State Board of Education
The Kansas State Department Board of Education is a constitutional body established in Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution. The ten members of the Board of Education are each elected to four-year terms. The Board helps determine educational policy for the state's primary and secondary schools. The Mission of the Board is to ensure that all students meet or exceed high academic standards and are prepared for their next steps (e.g., the world of work and/or post-secondary education).
- State Conservation Commission
The State Conservation Commission (SCC), working with local conservation districts, the 88 organized watershed districts, other special purpose districts, and state and federal entities administer programs to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, conserve water, reduce flood potential, and provide local water supply. The SCC has the responsibility to administer the Conservation Districts Law, the Watershed District Act and other statutes authorizing various programs. The agency budget is financed from the dedicated funding of the Kansas State Water Plan Special Revenue Fund, State General Fund, and fee funds.