Last week, briefs were filed with the Kansas Supreme Court on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of allowing Kansas Judicial Districts to elect their chief judge. This case, Solomon vs. State, claims that the 2014 law violates the separation of power doctrine. The District Court in Shawnee County found the law unconstitutional. The state appeals that ruling.
Interestingly, the state would like the Kansas Supreme Court to recuse themselves from the case since the case deals with court functions. The court has made preliminary statements that they could rule on the case citing other jurisdictions doing the same and also pointing out the impracticality of appointing seven other judges to hear the issue. See: http://cjonline.com/news/2015-11-26/arguments-filed-judicial-selection-case.
The Kansas Bar Association would like to thank all those involved in making the 8thAnnual Fall Legislative Conference a success. Attendees were treated to a fabulous CLE on the judicial budget by Chief Judge Dan Crietz and a very interesting discussion on the state budget presented by KLRD Principal Economist Chris Courtwirght. Many thanks to both of these gentlemen.
I would also like to thank Rep. Steven Becker, Rep. John Rubin and Rep. Boog Highberger, Rep. John Carmichael and Rep. Jim Ward for attending the conference. I greatly appreciate them taking time out to discuss the 2016 legislative session with us.
Finally the 8th Annual Fall Legislative Conference would not be possible without our wonderful and generous sponsors. They include:
- Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghart & Crow, LLC;
- John Peterson & Bill Brady/Capitol Strategies;
- Kansas Bankers Association;
- Polsinelli, PC;
- Foulston Siefkin LLP;
- Whitney B. Damron, P.A. and;
- R. E. "Tuck" Duncan/Kansas Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association
We are a mere six weeks from the beginning of the 2016 legislative session. Attached to this email is a 2016 session planner. This planner has bill deadlines, Pro Forma days and possible Veto Session details.
View the Planner
Finally, Hawver’s News Company reported that Rep. Travis Coulture-Lovelady (R-Palco) has resigned his seat to become a multi-state lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Rep. Coulture-Lovelady is a strong supporter of 2nd amendment rights and was a significant factor in gun right advances in Kansas during his tenure. Coulture-Lovelady sat on the House Judiciary Committee and introduced a resolution that would have repealed the current process for selecting Kansas Supreme Court Justices with a governor appoint/Senate confirm process. That resolution, HCR 5005, remains viable for the 2016 session. Coulture-Lovelady represented the 110th District which includes Norton, Rooks, Philips counties as well as portions of Ellis and Graham.