TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to announce his choice of a new judge for the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Brownback scheduled a news conference Tuesday in Topeka to introduce his nominee, who will need confirmation by the state Senate.
It is Brownback's first appointment to the Court of Appeals under a new procedure approved by legislators and signed into law earlier this year. The governor chose from among applicants interviewed by his administration.
Under the old system _ still in place for the Kansas Supreme Court _ a nominating commission screened applicants and named three finalists, with no role for lawmakers after the governor's appointment.
Senators will consider the appointment when they meet Sept. 3 in a special session to address the state's ``Hard 50'' sentencing law.