House panel endorses judicial overhaul

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee has endorsed three measures that would give the governor more power in appointing judges, force judges to retire earlier and diminish the authority of the Kansas Supreme Court.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/181QShn ) that The House Federal and State Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved the measures from Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican.

Kinzer says his proposals include a state constitutional amendment to adopt the federal system of judicial appointments with the governor nominating and the Senate confirming those appointments. Another bill would reduce the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 65 for the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

The third bill would create a new Kansas Court of Criminal Appeals that would handle all criminal cases now under jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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