Changes in Judicial Selection Proposed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Members of the Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals would be selected a little differently under proposals by Representative Lance Kinzer.

The Olathe Republican wants those judges and justices to face Senate confirmation.

The governor now makes the selection from a list of three names from the Supreme Court Nominating Commission. Under Kinzer's plan, the commission would continue to provide a list of three nominees, but the governor could pick someone not on the list.

Kinzer also says he wants to change how the nine-member commission is selected. The governor, Senate president and House speaker would each pick three members. Currently, five members are named by the Kansas Bar Association and four by the governor.


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