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An act defining and providing for the punishment of certain crimes therein named

An act defining and providing for the punishment of certain crimes therein named
Creator: Kansas Legislature.
Date: 1861
Chapter 27, Section 1 of the General Laws of the State of Kansas (1861) provides for punishment by death for any person convicted of treason against the state. The legislature enacted the law at its first session ending March 26, 1861. The following year, the Legislature enacted a death penalty for persons convicted of first degree murder. These laws demonstrate the state's initial stance on capital punishment.


An act regulating crimes and punishment of crimes against the persons of individuals

An act regulating crimes and punishment of crimes against the persons of individuals
Creator: Kansas Legislature.
Date: 1862
Chapter 33, Section 3 of the General Laws of the State of Kansas (1862) provides for punishment by death for persons convicted of murder in the first degree. The legislature passed the law at its second annual session ending March 6, 1862. The previous year, the legislature passed a death penalty law for persons convicted of treason against the state. These laws demonstrates the state's initial stance on capital punishment.


An act regulating the diversion, appropriation, storage and distribution of water for industrial purposes

An act regulating the diversion, appropriation, storage and distribution of water for industrial purposes
Creator: Kansas. Legislature
Date: 1891
In this bill (H.B. 602), the House Committee on Irrigation drafted legislation to control and regulate the rights of water in Kansas. Articles within the bill include, Diversion and Appropriation of water for industrial purposes, rights of use of water, right of way, disposal of seepage water, creation of irrigation ditches, construction and maintenance and operation of works, regulation of rates and compensation, and unlawful interference. The bill passed both the house and senate and was signed into law March 10, 1891.


An act to punish offences against slave property

An act to punish offences against slave property
Creator: Kansas. Legislative Assembly 1855
Date: August 29, 1855
This act, approved by the Legislative Assembly of Kansas Territory, August 29, 1855, lists those actions to be considered crimes against slave property. Many of the crimes listed are punishable by death. Some of the crimes include inciting or aiding slave or Negro rebellion (even through publication), helping slaves escape their masters, resisting the arrest of an escaped slave, and the expression of abolitionist opinions. Considered "bogus laws" by free-state supporters, this slave code reflects the first Kansas Legislature's support for slavery and the legislature's adoption of Missouri slave codes for that purpose.


City Liquor Ordinance

City Liquor Ordinance
Creator: Kansas State Temperance Union
Date: Unknown
A city liquor ordinance comprised of 14 sections making it "unlawful for any person to sell or barter any spirituous, mault, vinous, fermented or other intoxicating liquor." This copy is written for Saline County but was most likely used as a template for prohibition across the state of Kansas.


Laws and forms relating to common schools in the state of Kansas

Laws and forms relating to common schools in the state of Kansas
Date: 1863
This pamphlet explains the laws of education in the state of Kansas and how they relate to a common school. An index is provided in the front of the book with a list of subjects that range from the duties of the county superintendent, how school funds were distributed, and what school books were recommended for the classroom. A chapter is devoted to school forms and addresses teachers' certificates, teachers' contracts, and the teacher's daily register. In the back of the pamphlet, a diagram of the "Kansas Desk" and seat is provided. These drawings illustrate the efficient design of classroom furniture.


The Court of Industrial Relations

The Court of Industrial Relations
Creator: Kansas. Court of Industrial Relations
Date: 1920
This booklet includes the Industrial Court Law as enacted by the Kansas Legislature, a legislative history of Senate Bill No. 1 (The Industrial Court Bill), and Governor Henry J. Allen's message to the legislature. The Kansas legislature created the Court of Industrial Relations by special legislation in January 1920 following a series of coal strikes in Southeast Kansas. The court's purpose was to resolve labor disputes between labor organizations and employers and it caused considerable debate throughout the United States. The United States Supreme Court declared the court unconstitutional in 1923. The Kansas Public Service Commission succeeded the court in 1925.


The Kansas prohibitory law

The Kansas prohibitory law
Creator: George W. Crane & Co. Printers and Publishers
Date: 1887
A pamphlet distributed to inform the public of the Kansas prohibitory law, as amended by the Murray Bill: (Hon. J.A. Murray, of Wellington). The pamphlet also contains the New Pharmacy Law.


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