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Interims 2019

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Every session there are proposals that fail to advance through the legislative process. Some lack the necessary attention; others are passed over for other, more pressing matters. However, a few need extra work—more eyes on the idea, if you will. The process to review and study proposals is handed off to interim committees. These committees, composed of legislators appointed by leadership, undertake the additional task of reviewing specific aspects of proposals over the summer and fall. The committee can be a joint venture with members from both chambers, or it can be set up for members from one chamber. The Legislative Coordinating Council establishes these interim committees, determines the issues for study and helps schedule meetings.

This summer, the LCC has agreed to study judicial selection. Sen. Ty Masterson (R-Andover) introduced a constitutional amendment that would alter how justices are selected in Kansas. Masterson requested an interim committee on the subject, and last week, the LCC granted a two-day review.

This interim committee will examine the process for selecting judges/justices in Kansas as well as a review of recent Kansas Supreme Court decisions. Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman (R-Olathe) requested the review of decisions.

This interim committee, comprised of both Senate and House judiciary committee members, will look at Kansas Supreme Court decisions and whether those decisions were influenced by the process for selecting justices.

Some are concerned that recent, controversial court opinions on abortion (Nauser & Hodes case) and noneconomic caps (Hilburn v. Enerpipe LTD) would have been decided differently had there been a different selection model in place.

See; https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/26/politics/kansas-supreme-court-abortion-ruling/index.html; See; https://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article231563733.html

Suffice it to say that this interim committee will dive deep into these issues and become, no doubt, a controversial part of the interim committee schedule.

You can find additional info on interim committees here - http://www.kslegislature.org/li/documents/interim_schedule.pdf

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Robert R. Hiller Jr says...
Posted Monday, July 22, 2019
Joe,  how do you like working with the KS legislature ?
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