Feb 01 2013

Kansas: Move against Merit Selection passes Senate, proceeds to House

Published by at 3:04 pm under Merit Selection

The Kansas state senate has approved a proposed change to how Kansas judges are elected, according to articles published in the Topeka, Kansas Capital Journal and Wichita, Kansas Eagle.

We’ve discussed the movement in the Kansas legislature to try to abandon the Merit Selection system currently in place in the state in favor of a Federal-style appointment process where the governor has far more discretion in selecting judges.

The bill passed the senate with a 28-12 vote in favor of the constitutional amendment. Now, it moves to the House, and should it meet with success there, will be put before Kansas voters in 2014.

We are very disappointed that the Kansas legislature is taking such a backwards step. A recent poll by Justice at Stake showed that 61% of Kansas respondents opposed a constitutional amendment that would change the way their judges are selected. The legislature should be listening to their constituents, and not pushing an agenda that seems to only

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aid partisan control of the judiciary.

If this issue does come before the Kansas voters, we hope that they maintain the system of selecting fair, unbiased, and competent judges that has served them so well for so long.

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