Kansas Lawmaker Seeks Fall Hearing on Court Nominee
Associated Press - July 17, 2013 6:34 pm
The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the "Hard 50" murder sentence of a Wichita man but refused to rule whether changes made by legislators to the law in 2013 can be applied.
The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee’s chairman says he hopes to have a hearing this fall on Gov. Sam Brownback’s next nominee to the state Court of Appeals.
Chairman Jeff King said Wednesday he’s hoping to have a full-day meeting in October or November. He says senators will take the job of vetting the nominee seriously.
Brownback will fill a new seat on the Court of Appeals under a new system in which the governor appoints the judge, subject to Senate confirmation. Previously, a nominating commission screened applicants and named three finalists. Legislators had no role after the governor’s appointment.
Under a law taking effect this month, the Senate will have 20 days after the Legislature reconvenes in January to act. Brownback must nominate a judge by Aug. 29.