SENATE BILL No. 309
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. (a) The state historical society is authorized to accept and
hold, in the name of the state, the William Allen White House, located
at 927 Exchange Street, Emporia, Kansas 66801, Lot 137, 139, 141 and
143 on Exchange St., Section 10, Township 19, Range 11E. Such real
property and the improvements thereon shall be acquired in fee simple
by gift, grant or designation for the purpose of establishing and maintain-
ing it as a historical landmark and memorial to the great author, news-
paper editor and a social and political force that shaped the state and the
nation during the first half of the twentieth century. The state historical
society shall have the power to do any and all things necessary to carry
out the intent and purpose of this act and to make such rules and regu-
lations for the use, enjoyment and government of the premises as may be
(b) Conveyance of the property described in subsection (a) shall not
be accepted by the executive director of the state historical society until
the attorney general approves the deed and determines that such con-
veyance would convey such land in fee simple to the state of Kansas.
(c) Moneys received by the state historical society from federal agen-
cies or other federal sources for the William Allen White House shall be
expended for restoring, equipping and otherwise preparing the William
Allen White House for visitation by members of the public, including all
interpretation and similar exhibit development, to the extent permitted
by applicable federal requirements, guidelines and limitations.
(d) All expenditures by the state historical society for the operations
or for any capital improvements for the William Allen White House shall
be funded from moneys received from federal agencies, local govern-
mental entities or private sources, including but not limited to fees and
donations received from persons visiting the William Allen White House.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the Kansas register.
Approved April 16, 2000.
Published in the Kansas Register April 26, 2000.
Date Composed: 09/25/2001 Date Modified: 09/25/2001