Kansas bar rejects court selection plan

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Bar Association’s board has rejected a legislative proposal to require Senate confirmation of appointees to the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Association President Lee Smithyman says the board voted unanimously Tuesday against endorsing the proposal to amend the state constitution crafted by lawmakers.

The association’s board held a private teleconference, and Smithyman disclosed the results to The Associated Press before the group announced it publicly.

Supporters of the proposal were waiting on the Bar Association’s board because they don’t think lawmakers will pass it without the group’s endorsement.

Currently, a nine-member nominating commission screens applicants and names three finalists for each vacancy. The governor appoints one of the finalists, with no role for legislators.

The proposal would keep the commission but change its membership and add Senate confirmation.

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