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A day after Gov. Sam Brownback called on the Legislature to change the way Kansas selects Supreme Court and appellate judges, the president of the state’s association of lawyers offered to give up its majority on the state Judicial Nominating Commission.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several law professors said Wednesday they would favor a different system for appointing judges to the Kansas Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a proposed change in the Kansas Constitution that would allow the governor to appoint appellate judges, with confirmation by the Senate. Voters would have to approve the constitutional change.
Tribes hoping to develop wind projects face the same challenges as the rest of the industry, such as the low price of competing natural gas and a longstanding transmission bottleneck in rural areas. Besides the additional BIA review, financing a tribal wind project is complicated by thorny legal and political issues inherent in the tribes' status as sovereign nations.
Conservative lawmakers heard several options Saturday for changing how Kansas’ appellate and Supreme Court judges are selected in a discussion that may foreshadow a fierce debate in the upcoming legislative session.
Stephen Ware, a law professor at the University of Kansas, said Kansas’ judicial selection system is unusual and “undemocratic” in how it chooses its nominating commission.
Kansans elect a governor and the governor selects four members of the commission. But five of the members are elected by 10,000 or so members of the Kansas Bar Association.
Elizabeth Ann Kronk is an associate professor of law and director of the Tribal Law and Government Center at the University of Kansas (KU). She is also a Sault Tribe Appellate Court Judge and a Sault Tribe member. Kronk was the tribe’s chief appellate court judge from the spring of 2008 until February of this year when her term expired and has since been reappointed to another four-year term. She accepted her current position at KU this past June overseeing the university’s Indian Law Program.