Appointments on Kansas session’s agenda

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Majority Leader Terry Bruce says the Kansas Senate will be required by state laws to consider multiple appointments during a special legislative session called for September.

Bruce told The Associated Press Monday that the Senate will be required to have votes on confirming as many as 19 appointments from Gov. Sam Brownback.

They include Brownback’s nominee for a new Kansas Court of Appeals judgeship. The governor has until Aug. 29 to make the appointment, and the special session is scheduled to convene Sept. 3.

Brownback called the special session last week to rewrite the state’s “Hard 50″ criminal sentencing law after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June raised questions about its constitutionality.

He and legislative leaders had hoped to limit the special session to that one issue.

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