Brownback Praises New Judicial Selection Law
Associated Press - September 19, 2013 6:55 pm
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says a meeting with legislators and a small group of Kansas school superintendents has laid the foundation for future dialogue on public education.
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.