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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 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.

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