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Brownback Praises New Judicial Selection Law

Associated Press - September 19, 2013 6:55 pm

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is endorsing an effort to persuade Kansas voters to remove two justices from the state Supreme Court.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is endorsing an effort to persuade Kansas voters to remove two justices from the state Supreme Court.

Gov. Sam Brownback says recent changes in how Kansas Court of Appeals judges are chosen have led to a more democratic process and that he would support similar changes for the state Supreme Court.

Brownback spoke Thursday to members of the conservative-leaning Federalist Society in Overland Park.

A new Kansas law lets the governor appoint members of the Court of Appeals, subject to confirmation by the state Senate. The law ended the use of a special commission that screened applicants and selected three finalists.

Brownback’s first appointee under the new system, Caleb Stegall, was confirmed this month.

The governor calls the new procedure “more a vote of the people.”

He says he would support the same method for naming judges to the Kansas Supreme Court – or having them chosen through elections.

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