(TOPEKA, Kan.)—Legislation giving the Kansas governor and lawmakers more power in appointing Court of Appeals judges is on its way to Gov. Sam Brownback.
The Senate gave the measure final approval Wednesday on a vote of 28-12. The House passed it earlier this month, and Brownback is expected to sign it.
The measure would give the governor the authority to appoint Court of Appeals judges, subject to Senate confirmation.
It abolishes the existing attorney-led commission that screens applicants and nominates three finalists. The governor makes the appointment, with no role for lawmakers.
Supporters contend the new process will be more open. Opponents see no need for change.
Many lawmakers want to change a similar selection process for the Kansas Supreme Court, but that would require amending the state constitution.
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