Kansas Legislative Year in Review: ban court use of international law, court security, delayed expansion of state’s Court of Appeals

New laws affecting the courts enacted by the Kansas legislature in 2012 include the following:

HB 2427 Creates exceptions to the Kansas Open Records Act for records of a public agency on a public website that identify the home address or home ownership of state & federal judges and court services officers. Provides individuals may file a request to have the information removed and that the public agency have seven days to remove the information.

SB 79 Declares void any court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative ruling or decision based on a foreign law, legal code, or system that does not grant the parties affected the fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted by the U.S. and Kansas constitutions.

SB 322 Extends the Judicial Branch surcharge through FY 2013.

SB 422 Allows the chief judge of any judicial district to appoint a judge pro tem without applying to the departmental justice of that district. Provides such power to appoint would be subject to the budget limitations of the district court.

SB 425 Delays by five years the statutory requirement that the Judicial Branch add the 14th Court of Appeals judge, from January 1, 2013, to January 1, 2018.