Judicial appointment deadline nears

Sam Brownback
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (KSN File Photo)

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.

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