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Abstracters' Board of Examiners

"Created in 1941. Appointed by Governor for examinations, registrations, licensing, and bonding of abstracters. No reports made. Their books are audited annually through the Office of the Auditor of State, and those reports are on file in that office." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 23)

Education Commission, Kansas

"At a meeting of the State Teachers' Association, December, 1907, a resolution was adopted and sent to the Governor requesting him to appoint a commission of seven members, at least five of whom should be actively engaged in the work of public education in the State, to investigate carefully present educational conditions and to recommend such legislation as in its judgement is most needed. In compliance with this request, Governor Hoch, in February, 1908. appointed the following commission: E. T. Fairchild, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Chairman ex officio; L. A. Lowther, Secretary, Emporia; J. W. Gleed, Topeka; R. F. Knight, Wichita; W. D. Ross, Peabody; W. S. Pate, Cherokee; A. J. Stanley, Lincoln." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 112)

See also:
Education Kansas State Department of
Public Instruction, State Superintendent of
Public Instruction, Kansas Department of
Superintendent of Common Schools (Territorial)

Education, Kansas State Department of

"Created 1873. Reorganized, 1945. Composed of seven members, not professional educators. Appointed by Governor for three-year term, one from each of the six congressional districts and one from the state at large. Members are selected from the two major political parties, on a three-four basis. The Board acts in an advisory capacity to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. All Textbooks adopted by the Board are selected from lists of texts recommended by the Textbook Advisory Committees." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 112)

See also:
Educational Commission, Kansas
Public Instruction, State Superintendent of
Public Instruction, Kansas Department of
Superintendent of Common Schools (Territorial)

Entomological Commission, State

"Created 1907. Purpose is to suppress and eradicate San Jose scale and other dangerous insect pests and plant diseases through the state of Kansas. This Commission is an auxiliary of the State Board of Agriculture, and is under the jurisdiction of that Board." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 120)

The 1963 Kansas Legislature passed an act which (1) Abolished the Kansas Entomological Commission and (2) Transferred its duties and functions to the Board of Agriculture, under a newly created Entomological Division. Reports of the Entomological Division were placed in the larger Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture starting in 1962 and continuing until at least 1984.

Between 1990 and 1992, the Division of Entomology combined with the Noxious Weeds Division and changed its name to the Division of Plant Health. That Division later changed its name to Plant Protection and Weed Control Program. That program's activities continue to be represented in the Annual Report of the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

See also:
Agriculture, Kansas Department of
Agriculture, Kansas State Board of

Equalization, State Board of

"A State Board of Equalization was created in 1861 by an Act of the Legislature, for the purpose of equalizing the amount of tax to be raised in the start in each year. The Board consisted of the Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Auditor of the State...The Board was abolished in 1907 by an act which created a Tax Commission and constituted to it a State Board of Equalization." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 123)

See also: Tax Commission

Lands, Committee on

"The Legislature June 3, 1861, authorized the Governor to select certain lands granted to the State, in the Act of Admission by Congress, and to take measures to secure titles, and also, the five hundred thousand acres of land granted by Congress September 4th, 1841. The Governor appointed a Committee of three to act as his agents in selecting the lands granted to the State by the General Government." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 199)

Law Examiners, State Board of

"Created, 1903. Appointed by the Supreme Court. Board meets on third Monday of January and June of each year for examination of applicants. Makes rules relating to admission to the bar, and other subjects within its authority. (Rule 28) Authority for the creation of this Board is found in the statute which empowered the court to make rules for the examination of applicants for admission to the bar of the State." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 199)

Port of Entry Board

"Created 1933. Composed of the Director of Highways, the Chairman of the Corporation Commission, and the Director of Revenue. Board has power to make rules and regulations necessary for the enforcement of the law." --(Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 244)

Public Instruction, Department of

"Created 1945. Consists of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the members of the State Board of Education. The Department is required by law to hold at least nine regular monthly meetings in each calendar year. They may adopt rules and regulations as may be necessary. The Department makes no reports." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 247).

See also:
Education Kansas State Department of
Educational Commission Kansas
Public Instruction Kansas Department of
Superintendent of Common Schools (Territorial)

Public Instruction, State Superintendent of

"Constitutional office. Elected in November, even-numbered years. Has general supervision over educational activities, except state educational institutions. Presents to the State Board for its approval oi'-rejection school textbook recommendations, courses of study and curriculum, plans and rules and regulations covering certification of teachers. He has charge of the distribution of school moneys, and of the publication of school laws, forms, rules, regulations and blanks. The Superintendent is required to make a separate annual typewritten report giving a description and statistical statement covering the entire system of public schools within the state, statement of the condition of the permanent-school fund of the state, and a statement of the receipts and expenditures for the entire public school system." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 247).

See also:
Education Kansas State Department of
Educational Commission Kansas
Public Instruction Kansas Department of
Superintendent of Common Schools (Territorial)

Public Service Commission

"Created in 1925. Assumed the duties of the Public Utilities Commission, Tax Commission, and the Court of Industrial Relations. From 1927-1929 the administration of the Workmens' Compensation Act was under this Commission. Abolished in 1929, and a new Public Service Commission was created, which functioned until 1933 when it was abolished and its duties transferred to the State Corporation Commission." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 264). The biennial reports of the Public Service Commission are listed with the State Corporation Commission in chronological order. Their labor reports are listed with the State Labor Department biennial reports.

See also:
Corporation Commission, Kansas State (KCC)
Tax Commission Kansas
Court Of Industrial Relations
Public Utilities Commission

Railroad Assessors, Board of

"Created in 1876 to assess property of railroad corporations. Composed of Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, Auditor of State and Attorney General, ex officio. Lieutenant Governor was president, and the Auditor was secretary. Abolished 1907, and its duties transferred to the Tax Commission." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 267)

See also: Tax Commission

Revenue and Taxation, State Commission of

See: Revenue, Department of

See also: Tax Commission

Revenue, Department of

"Created and established 1957. The divisions under the supervision of of the Commission of Revenue and Taxation which was abolished, were continued by this new department. The supervision of the ad valorum administration and the assessment of state property was transferred to the newly created Property Valuation Department." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 272)

See also:
Inheritance Tax Commission
Railroad Assessors, Board of
Inspections and Registrations, State Department of
Property Valuation Department
Public Service Commission
Tax Commission

School Book Commission, Kansas State

"The Legislature in 1913 enacted a law providing for state publication of school books, and created a State School Book Commission, transferring to it all authority belonging to The School Text Book Commission. This new Commission consisted of seven members composed of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the President of the State Normal School, the President of the State Agricultural College, the State Printer, the President of the State Board of Agriculture, and two other persons appointed by the Governor, each for a term of two years. In 1915 the Legislature changed the personnel of the Commission. In place of the President of the State Board of Agriculture serving, a person was elected by its members from their own membership. The School Book Commission was abolished by an Act of the Legislature in 1937 and its authority relating to the adoption of textbooks, transferred to the State Board of Education, and the printing of same to the State Printer." --(Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 282)

See also:
Education Kansas State Department of
School Textbook Commission, Kansas

School Textbook Commission

"The Legislature in 1897 created a School Textbook Commission of eight members to select and adopt a uniform series of school textbooks for use in the public schools, and provide for State uniformity and maximum charges for books. The members of the Commission were appointed by the Governor; the State Superintendent of Public Instruction was ex officio Chairman. In 1913 this Commission was abolished, and its authority transferred to the newly created School Book Commission." --(Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 283)

See also:
Education, Kansas State Department of
School Book Commission, Kansas

Superintendent of Common Schools (Territorial)

"The Legislative Assembly on Feb. 12, 1858, provided for the appointment of a Territorial Superintendent of Common Schools by the Governor. (Laws, 1858, ch. 8, p. 44.) James H. Noteware was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Council as Superintendent on the same day the office was created and entered upon his duties March 1, 1858. He was succeeded by Samuel W. Greer, who was elected Superintendent, Oct. 4, 1858, and entered upon his duties Dec. 2, 1858. John C. Douglas was elected Superintendent of Public Schools, November, 1860, and qualified Jan. 2, 1861. He entered upon his duties Jan. 7, 1861. His term expired the following month, upon the organization of the State government at Topeka." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 18)

See also:
Education Commission, Kansas
Education Kansas State Department of
Public Instruction, State Superintendent of
Public Instruction, Kansas Department of

Tax Commission

"Created in 1907 and succeeded the Board of Railroad Assessors and the State Board of Equalization. Abolished 1925 and its powers and duties conferred upon the newly created Public Services Commission. The Tax Commission was recreated in 1929, and it succeeded to the powers and duties relating to assessment and taxation of legacies and succession previously performed by the Public Service Commission. Abolished in 1939 and its duties transferred to the State Commission of Revenue and Taxation." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 296)

See also:
Public Service Commission
Railroad Assessors, Board of
State Board of Equalization
State Commission of Revenue and Taxation

Turnpike Authority, Kansas

"Created, 1953, for the purpose of construction, operation and maintenance of turnpike projects." -- (Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 29)

Vehicle Department, Kansas

Created in 1929 assuming the duties of the Secretary of State's Motor Vehicle Registration Department. In 1939 duties of the Division of Vehicles were taken over by the Kansas Highway Commission. In 1972 duties of the Division of Vehicles was transferred to the Kansas Department of Revenue.

See also:
Highway Commission, Kansas
Revenue, Kansas Department of
Secretary of State, Kansas

World's Fair Managers of Kansas, Board of

"The Legislature in 1893 authorized the Governor to appoint a Board of World's Fair Managers of Kansas consisting of seven citizens, one from each congressional district, for the purpose of exhibiting the resources, products and general development of the State of Kansas at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893."--(Bibliography of the OfficialPublications of Kansas 1854-1958, p. 312)