The Kansas Legislature will begin its Veto Session on Monday, May 1. Historically the Veto Session is a rather short event when legislators put the final touches on a budget and attempt to override any vetoes the governor has signed. This year, there remains much to accomplish—including crafting the FY18 & FY19 budgets, agreeing to a school finance plan and figuring out a way to pay for it all.
Legislators are faced with a $900 million shortfall over the next two fiscal terms. This means raising additional revenue or figuring out how much to cut and from what section of the government. Neither are attractive options, which means a long drawn out veto session.
While the legislature grapples with funding issues, the court system is in the middle of an important election. This election is for the statewide chair of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission. This election is by mail-in ballot, which if you are registered with the clerk of the court, you should have already received.
To be eligible to vote and receive a ballot, you must be a resident of the state of Kansas and comply with KSA 2016 Supp. 20-170. If you neglected to register, you are unable to vote in this election.
The candidates for Chair of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission are:
Mikel Stout, Wichita
Mary Curtis, Lawrence
Your ballot, along with your signed certificate, must be received by the court on or before May 15, 2017. Please use the self-addressed return envelope enclosed with your ballot and certificate.