TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s deadline for nominating a new Kansas Court of Appeals judge is nearing.
A key GOP legislator is making a very public effort to counter criticism that the Senate’s consideration of the appointment will be rushed.
Brownback must name his pick for a new seat on the state’s second-highest court by Aug. 29. Five days later, lawmakers will convene a special session and will be legally obligated to review pending appointments.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff King promises that the prospective Court of Appeals judge will be the most-thoroughly vetted nominee in decades.
The Independence Republican had three prominent legal scholars draft a six-page questionnaire for the nominee that demands a detailed career history, disclosures of past legal conflicts of interest and documents from public appearances.