judicial selection

Judicial Appointments
5:32 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Democrats Skeptical About Supreme Court Change

The Kansas House's top Democrat says he doubts supporters of changing the process for selecting state Supreme Court justices can muster enough support to get a measure passed.

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Crime and Courts
12:47 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Gov. Brownback Appoints Faith Maughan To 18th Court District

Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Faith Maughan to the 18th Judicial District Court on Monday.

The 18th district covers all of Sedgwick County. The state's 31 Judicial Districts serve as trial courts for the state; they oversee all civil and criminal cases.

Maughan currently serves as judge in the city of Colwich and as prosecutor for the cities of Maize and Park City. On her website, she describes herself as a "pro-life, constitutional conservative, veteran with her roots in small-town Kansas."

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Courts
3:42 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill

Governor Sam Brownback Wednesday signed a bill that changes the way some judges in Kansas are selected.

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News
5:20 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Top Morning News 3.14.13

Bill that will change judicial selection process is on its way to the governor; Many Kansas counties lack a KanCare dental provider; Conference aims to strengthen marriages.

Kan. Senate Debating Union Contribution Bill

A bill keeping public employee unions in Kansas from deducting money from members' paychecks for political activities is advancing in the Legislature.

The Senate is scheduled to debate it Thursday, and it's expected to pass.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:02 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Kan. House Advances Change in Judicial Selection Process

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill that would change how appeals court judges are selected. The bill allows the governor to appoint appellate court judges, who would then be confirmed by the state Senate.

Critics of the current system say it isn't democratic enough, because a nine-person nominating commission selects candidates. Five of the nine are attorneys.

Rep. Lance Kinzer is an Olathe Republican, he says the change would be a step in the right direction.

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News
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Top Morning News 3.01.13

KS House advances change in judicial selection; Teacher's union objects to bill that limits bargaining; Thousands expected to turnout for Mission of Mercy.

Kan. House Advances Change In Judicial Selection Process

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill that changes how appeals court judges are selected. The bill allows the governor to appoint the judges, who would then be confirmed by the state Senate.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:03 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Proposal Would Change Judicial Selection Process

A proposal to give Kansas governors and lawmakers more power over appointments to the state's appellate courts cleared a legislative committee Wednesday.

The measure would amend the Kansas Constitution to allow governors to appoint whomever they choose to the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, subject to Senate confirmation. It would scrap the statewide, attorney-led commission that now screens applications.

Currently, the commission nominates three finalists for the governor, who then makes the appointment without legislative review.

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News
5:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Top Morning News 1.24.13

House to discuss union fundraising; Proposal would move spring elections to the fall; Despite looming cuts, Gov's council wants to keep military in the state.

House Bill Would Limit Union Fundraising Abilities

A Kansas House committee is preparing to debate a bill that prevents public employee unions from automatically deducting money from members' paychecks to finance political activities.

The Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee will take up the bill Thursday.

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