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Kansas Senate panel delays vote on judicial impeachment bill

Associated Press - March 8, 2016 7:26 pm

A Kansas lawmaker says some state courts have failed to comply with a new state law on public requests for probable cause statements.

A Kansas Senate committee has delayed its debate on a bill expanding the legal grounds for impeaching and removing judges and state Supreme Court justices from office.

Chairman Jeff King postponed the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled debate Tuesday until Thursday so that it can consider amendments.

Lawmakers are considering the bill after many Republicans have criticized the Supreme Court over school funding and death penalty rulings. Kansas is at the center of efforts by conservatives to remake state courts.

The bill’s list of impeachable offenses would include attempting to “usurp the power” of legislators or the executive branch.

The Kansas Constitution says public officials can be impeached for bribery, treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors. The bill provides a longer list of specific grounds for impeachment for the judiciary.

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