The Federal Government offers a wealth of information for social workers, including statistics, research reports, committee hearing transcripts, and more. For a complete guide to resources from the Federal Government, go to the guide
Kansas legislation is more difficult to track down because hearings are not published and one mus use local media (newspapers, usually) to document reactions and repercussions of legislation.
Identify appropriate legislation
includes bills from the current legislative session as well as Kansas Statutes (click on Statute)
Kansas Legislative Research Department includes briefs and summaries of legislative activity and other topics of interest of Kansans. Look at "Policy Issues" on the left side of the page.
Government information from the State Library of Kansas includes a link to reference librarians who can help you find answers to your Kansas legislative questions.
You can also contact the Library using their hotline. From KWCH.com this January:
Newpaper and journal articles
Topeka Capital-Journal . Excellent source for up-to-date coverage of what's happening at the State House.
Kansas City Star. While most of the newspaper is behind a paywall (they want you to pay a subscription to access it), you can "like" it on Facebook and get lots of good content this way (also useful if you're a Kansas City Royals fan.)
These databases include both library subscription databases and quality web-based resources. They are useful for background information and how laws are being implemented.
ProQuest Ebook Central (a large collection of electronic academic books) is also useful in finding background information on social welfare policy. While Ebook Central books are in the library's book catalog (Voyager), it's best to go straight to the ProQuest interface to search for specific laws (because you can search all the text of the books in the ebrary collection.)