King And Kinzer Working For Compromise on Judicial Appointments Bill

May 7, 2013

The chairmen of the Kansas House and Senate Judiciary committees say they're still pursuing changes in how state Supreme Court justices are selected.

Senator Jeff King of Independence and Representative Lance Kinzer of Olathe said Tuesday that they're working on a compromise for changing the state constitution to alter the selection system.

The Senate has approved the measure, which would change the to have the governor appoint the justices, subject to Senate confirmation.

Currently, a nominating commission screens applications and names three finalists for each vacancy. The governor makes the appointment, with no role for lawmakers.

The Senate's plan has stalled in the House. If both chambers pass a change, voters would have to approve it in a statewide election. Legislators reconvene Wednesday to wrap up their business for the year.