Appointment Confirmations On Senate Special Session Agenda

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW/AP) - Confirming several gubernatorial appointments will keep the Senate busy during this week's specail legislative session.

Most controversial among them is Caleb Stegall's selection for a spot on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Stegall is currently the Gov. Sam Brownback's chief attorney. He is the first Appeals Court judge nominated under a new process where the governor reviews all applicants and makes the decision, subject to Senate confirmation, rather than applicants going through a committee process.

The Governor also chose to keep applicants' names secret. The nominating commission had publicly released them under the previous system. The Senate Judiciary Committee has a hearing on Stegall's nomination set for 1 pm Tuesday.

Senate leaders also expect to vote this week on three Kansas Board of Regents appointments. The Governor nominated Shane Bangerter of Dodge City, Helen Van Etten of Topeka and Ann Murguia of Kansas City.

Also facing confirmation votes are Secretary of Administration Jim Clark and Securities Commissioner Josh Ney.

Committee hearings are set for Tuesday, with a full Senate vote expected Wednesday.

The primary reason for the special session is for lawmakers to fix a possible constiutional issue with the Kansas Hard 50 sentencing law.