Kansas: hearing tomorrow on Governor’s plans to change way Kansas Supreme Court is chosen

A hearing is set for tomorrow on plans to changes the way the justices of the Kansas Supreme Court are chosen. In his state of the state address Gov. Sam Brownback indicated he desired either a federal-type system of appointment with Senate confirmation and retention elections (which he was able to achieve by statute for the Court of Appeals in 2013) or partisan elections.

For the Supreme Court, this will require an amendment to the state constitution along the lines of HCR 5004 (partisan elections) or HCR 5005 (appoint/confirm/retention). While the change to a federal-type system met with approve in Senate in 2013 (SCR 1601 of 2013) it failed to get the 2/3rds vote needed in the House as discussed here.