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Judicial Branch Update

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

With so much going on it is important to review the bills being pushed through the legislative process. This week we focus on the Judicial Branch. Please find updates to judicial branch budget items and proposals focused on appellate judge below.

Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch was able to maneuver its most pressing budgetary matter into the recession bill and close its budget shortfall for this fiscal year. SB 4 should allow the courts to avoid furloughs because it gives the chief justice the authority to transfer funds from the e-filing fund to the docket fee fund (operations). This transfer required legislative approval which was achieved last week and the governor is anticipated to sign it.

SB 4 will make the following adjustments to the Judicial Branch budget ending in June.

  1. Delete $850,402, including $673,754 from the State General Fund, to reduce the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System employer contribution rate (excluding KPERS Death and Disability) from 11.27 percent to 8.65 percent in FY 2015 = (673,754) (176,648) (850,402)
  2. Delete $2.3 million, all from the electronic filing fund, for e-courts due to the implementation timeframe for the e-courts initiative in FY 2015 = (2,253,432) (2,253,432)
  3. Delete $705,448, all from the Non-Judicial Salary Adjustment Fund, for reduced revenue from DUI reinstatement fees in FY 2015 = (705,448) (705,448)
  4. Delete $4.6 million, all from the Docket Fee Fund, due to lower than anticipated court fees from Motions for Summary Judgment and traffic penalties in FY 2015 = (4,629,054) (4,629,054)
  5. Add language allowing the chief justice to transfer monies from the Electronic Filing Management Fund to the Docket Fee Fund in FY 2015 = 2,253.432

A number of other bills affecting the judicial branch budget remain in play. They include:

SB 15 is a new docket fee on all dispositive motions introduced by Sen. Jeff King. SB 15 is designed to capture fees for all motions used to end a case, motions to dismiss, motions on the pleadings. The bill would define dispositive motion to mean a motion to dismiss, a motion for judgment on the pleadings, a motion for summary judgment or partial summary judgment or a motion for judgment as a matter of law. The state of Kansas and all municipalities would be exempt from paying this fee, and any person who is unable to pay the fee would be permitted to file a poverty affidavit in lieu of the fee. The fee would not apply to cases filed under the Kansas Code of Civil Procedure for Limited Actions. SB 15 would take effect upon publication in the Kansas Register.


The Office of Judicial Administration estimates that SB 15 would increase revenues to the Judicial Branch by approximately $574,000. The office bases its estimate on the dismissal motion activity of Sedgwick County, which, if applied statewide, would impose the $195 dispositive motion fee on 2,943 filings ($195 x 2,943 = $573,885).


SB 51 is an extension of the judicial branch surcharge fee. This is an annual issue since the statute contains a sunset clause. Without SB 51 the surcharge fee would automatically end and the court would lose funds to operate the judicial branch. Expenditures from the Judicial Branch surcharge are currently reflected in The FY 2016 Governor's Budget Report with estimated revenues to the Judicial Branch Docket Fee Fund of $9.5 million in both FY 2016 and FY 2017. Consequently, the Office of Judicial Administration indicates that its budget would be reduced by $9.5 million each fiscal year, if SB 51 is not enacted. The KBA supports this bill.

Merit Selection

The Judicial Branch has also seen a number of measures aimed at altering the merit selection process for the Kansas Supreme Court, altering the percentage needed to be retained and a change to the retirement age.


Changes to merit selection include a shift to partisan elections, a change to the federal model and a remake of the nominating commission. These resolutions are as follows:

The KBA presented testimony on January 27 and again on February 11. The KBA has opposed all changes in any form. However, Rep. Blaine finch has drafted a resolution and asked for our consideration.


The resolution calls for the Supreme Court Nominating Commission to be recomposed to include four lawyer elected members, one from each congressional district and five gubernatorial appointments with at least one appointment being a lawyer. The commission will operate as it always has by sending three names to the governor who selects one. The main difference here is that a name can only be submitted on a supermajority vote (6 of 9). The resolution also elevates the court of appeals to a constitutional office and as well as setting the retirement age of 75 into the constitution.

Retention Elections

There are two other concurrent resolutions dealing with retention margins. Sen. Pyle introduced HCR 5009 that requires more than two-thirds retention vote to maintain seat.

Rep. Becky Hutchins (R-Holton) introduced her version which requires 70 percent to maintain seat on bench. No hearings have been set for these proposals.


There are also efforts to in include judicial officers to the recall statute.

  • HCR, 5003, A PROPOSITION to amend section 3 of article 4 of the constitution of the state of Kansas, relating to the judiciary and recall elections

Finally, Rep. Macheers introduced a bill to lower the mandatory retirement age from 75 years to 70 years for Kansas District Court judges and 75 years to 65 years for appellate judges.

For more information on these bills please visit

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Budget Now In Focus

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Updated: Monday, February 2, 2015

The big news that came out Friday afternoon when the Department of Revenue reported that Kansas had missed its projected revenue estimates by over $47 million. This probably means that the legislature needs to rework the rescission bill aimed at keeping Kansas in the black through June 30. See


The judicial branch might get caught up in the budget black hole but the Senate Judiciary Committee, under Chairman King, is trying to move forward. Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearing for the three judicial budget bills. These bills include the following:

There were no official opponents but each conferee made clear that these proposals were necessary to keep court doors open this fiscal year but state general funds should be used to properly, fully fund the judicial branch. The poor revenue numbers will most likely kill any idea of returning funding for the judicial branch back to state general funds.


SB 44, transferring e-filing funds to the docket fee fund for operations, was also placed into the recession bill. See

This will ensure that the funds are available this fiscal year. You can find this testimony on the KBA website at


The other big news was the nomination of Kathryn Gardner to fill the vacant Kansas Court of Appeal position left by Caleb Stegall. The press conference was rather short, the nominee and governor declined to take any questions, and rather sparsely attended. We look forward to learning more about Ms. Gardner during the senate confirmation process.


Next week looks to be a very busy week for the KBA with five hearings on KBA supported bills. On Monday Tim O’Sullivan will testify on two probate and trust bills that the KBA drafted. They include:

On Tuesday, the KBA will submit written testimony for three other bills:

Besides testifying the KBA will be watching both judiciary committees when they move bills out of committee. The Senate Judiciary looks to pass out the judicial budget bills while it is rumored that the House Judiciary will work the merit selection proposals. Hopefully these issues will get the attention they deserve before the budget discussion drowns out all other noise.

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All Things Judicial

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Last week was very full week. First, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss gave the State of the Judiciary speech from the Kansas Supreme Courtroom last Wednesday, a hearing on changing the merit selection process was held on Thursday, and three proposals dealing with the judicial branch were set for hearing.


The State of the Judiciary speech focused on the services provided by the Judicial Branch. Nuss called upon seven court employees, ranging from court clerk to district judges from the four corners of Kansas to help illustrate his point. It was a well-toned speech with no real jabs at the executive branch or pleas for funding. For those that are interested in viewing the video of his speech, see


The Court was also at issue last Thursday when KBA President Jerry Green represented the KBA in a merit selection informational hearing. Other conferees supporting the current system were Lynn Johnson from KSaJ, Mark Katz from the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Prof. Martin Dickinson, Prof. Jeffery Jackson, and Janice McMillen from the League of Women Voters.


Supporters of change included Lance Kinzer, Larry Heyka (father of one of the Carr Brothers victim), Prof. Stephen Ware, Brant Laue (the governor’s chief counsel), and Kris Kobach. You may find this testimony on our website at


Also, see the Topeka Capital-Journal article of last week’s hearing at


The hearing itself was rather quick with no person garnering more the 10 minutes. It was seen as an overview with a discussion on the current system, the federal model, and election of judges. There was even a new constitutional amendment added by Sen. Dennis Pyle that would require a judge to receive two-thirds of the vote to maintain their place on the bench. How it plays out remains to be seen, but a quick count of Judiciary Committee votes makes it very possible something leads to the House floor.


The Judicial Branch also proposed a few budget bills. They include:

  1. Request to use present year unspent balance of e-filing for operations;
  2. Extend the sunset on the Judicial Branch surcharge;
  3. Remove the sunset on distribution of DUI reinstatement fees. This is from last year’s HB 2303 that gave nonjudicial personnel a raise. The DUI money is now in the fund but there is no provision allowing the funds to be used; and
  4. Expanding videoconferencing.
This Wednesday, Chairman Jeff King (R-Independence) will hold hearings on several judicial budget bills. The KBA will support SB 44 and SB 59. That testimony will be available this Thursday.Finally, the KBA introduced its three proposals from the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section. Those bills will be read into the record today and bill numbers assigned this weekend. You can review this bill language here.

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Governor proposes budget

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Kansas Legislature returned last Monday, January 12 to a rather uneventful week. The primary goal of legislators and committees was to acquaint themselves with chamber rules, committee assignments, and new staff members. However, there were some distress over the current fiscal struggles of the state and most were eager to hear the governor’s budget proposal. Those proposals were released last Friday.


The big points are a slowing of the income tax cuts, bonding of $1.5 billion for KPERS, block grants to school district, requires school district to pay employer portion of KPERS, taxing cigarettes and alcohol and keeping Judicial Branch funding flat for FY 15-17. You can find this information at This includes fiscal year 2015 allotment plan and fiscal year 2016-17 budget proposal. The legislature will now take up these proposals and decide which, if any, go into effect.


See the following articles for budget proposal reactions.

The other big news was Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address. Those remarks are attached here:


The governor did call for changes to the merit selection process. He discussed election of appellate judges or the use of the federal model.


Next week looks to be very busy with Chief Justice Lawton Nuss giving the State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday, January 21 at 12:30 p.m. A live webcast of the address is available by following the Watch Supreme Court Live! link in the right-hand column of the Kansas Judicial Branch website.


The KBA will give an overview of the merit selection process next Thursday, January 22 in House Judiciary. Former Rep. Lance Kinzer and Professor Stephen Ware are slated to speak.


Finally the KBA is currently monitoring the following bills. Pay special attention to SB 15 dealing with docket fees on dispositive motions. This is an expansion of the new summary judgment docket fee passed last session.


Bill #

Short Title

HB 2002

Sexual exploitation of a child, sexual explicit conduct

HB 2015

Juvenile offenders; prohibiting placement in a juvenile correctional facility for a current misdemeanor adjudication.

HB 2017

Amending the crime of aggravated battery, concerning strangulation.

HB 2018

Images of children in a state of nudity

HB 2024

Domestic Battery Sentencing

HB 2039

Domestic Case Management

HCR 2003

A PROPOSITION to amend section 3 of article 4 of the constitution of the state of Kansas, relating to the judiciary and recall elections.

SB 1

Increasing penalties for hate crimes

SB 9

Enacting the cannabis compassion and care act

SB 12

Battery of judges, attorneys court service officers health employees and mental

SB 15

Relating to dispositive motions (New Docket Fee)

SB 16

Attorney fees in certain actions (Insurance)

SB 20

Increasing penalties for residential burglary


These bills were introduced this week and have been forwarded to the KBA Section listed for comment. I have also downloaded this information on the section webpage.


For more information visit the KBA website at

Download File (PDF)

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Legislators return to Topeka

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Kansas legislators returned to work yesterday with a very light agenda for the week. Not much is scheduled except for a small number of new bills being introduced. It is important to remember that there will be no bill "carry-over” from last session. We are in a new cycle so bills will need to be reintroduced and work their way through the process.


Hallway talk centers on budget issues, possible tax increase on alcohol and tobacco, a possible raid of the tobacco settlement money to pay down the deficit, and a renewed effort to change merit selection. At this point these ideas are mere conjecture as we should know more when Gov. Brownback releases his two-year state budget.


The governor will make his proposals during the State of the State address this Thursday. We have seen the governor focus on morality issues and family unity concerns while addressing possible budget fixes. We could probably expect more of the same during the speech. However, the gorilla in the room remains the school finance formula and how that affects the state budget.

Quick Take

As far as committee meetings are concerned, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet in Room 346-S at 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Sen. Jeff King (R-Independence) continues as Senate Judiciary chair with Sen. Greg Smith (R-Overland Park) as vice chair. The House Judiciary Committee will meet in Room 112-N at 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Leadership for this committee has changed with a new chairman, Rep. John Barker (R-Abilene), a new vice chair, Rep. Charles Macheers (R-Shawnee), and Rep. John Carmichael will sit as ranking minority leader. For other committee meeting times and locations, please access

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss will give the State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday, January 21 at 2:30 p.m. The public can access a live webcast of the State of the Judiciary address by following the Watch Supreme Court Live! link in the right-hand column of the Kansas Judicial Branch website at The address will be recorded for viewing afterward by anyone unable to attend in person or watch it live online.


For more information and bills new to the legislature please check The KBA will be updating its bill tracking chart weekly with more information as the session moves along.

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Welcome Back!

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Next Monday the Kansas Legislature will open its doors. We will welcome a number of new faces to the Capitol, as well as new leaders to important legal committees. The biggest change is the appointment of Rep. John Baker (R-Abilene) as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. The Kansas Senate has appointed Sen. Greg Smith to chair the newly formed Corrections Committee. The vast majority of issues pertaining to the legal community will be introduced into these committees, as well as their House Corrections and Senate Judiciary counterparts.


But the major issue facing all legislators is the budget deficit in FY 2015, ending June 30. As it now stands the state must come up with nearly $280 million dollars to fill the hole. By cutting children programs, KPERS, and KDOT, the governor has identified roughly $100 million in savings but the remainder will need legislative approval. House leadership would like to see more cuts to create a smaller government while more options seem to be on the table in the Kansas Senate.


Once they figure out how the ax will fall on state government for FY 2015, the legislators will need to balance the budget for the next two fiscal years. If you thought the numbers were bad in FY 2015, they are several times worse going forward. The rough estimate is that the state will see a revenue shortfall nearing $750 million. How they address this issue remains to be seen but I suspect it will take a very large lift to roll back the tax cuts so we are looking at more cuts or possible sales tax increase.


It should also be pointed out that none of these budget issues take into account any increase to K-12 funding based on the school finance decision handed down last week. In that opinion,, the three-judge panel said that the current funding formula is unconstitutional. They threw out some numbers that would indicate the need to raise base state aid by $500 million or so to become compliant. However, the decision did contain language calling the formula broken and that more money does not necessarily increase positive outcomes. As such, some are calling to simply redo the funding formula. How that is proposed is not yet known but a constitutional amendment might be on the horizon.


For information on legislators, bills and committee assignments please take a look at starting on January 12. You can also find information at To get live updates will the session is going you can follow us on Twitter (@KansasBarLeg).

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Governor makes statewide allotments

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, December 9, 2014


The Kansas state budget picture got a lot smaller today as Gov. Sam Brownback provided his allotment plan that will fill a $278 million budget shortfall. The plan calls for significant cuts to highway fund ($95 million); Kansas Health and Environment ($55 million); and KPERS contributions ($40 million). The governor also made across the board cuts of 4 percent to all cabinet level agencies totaling $78 million. The largest cabinet level agency hit was taken by the Department of Children and Families ($3.98 million). The smallest cut was made to the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office ($880). For the full plan please see


It is important to note that some of these cuts need the approval of the legislature while others can be made now. These issues should come up very early in 2015.


The most interesting cut maybe the $40 million from KPERS employer contributions. Throughout the election cycle many have said that KPERS funding should be counted into the K-12 school funding formula. An argument can now be made that this allotment cut K-12 funding because the state will not make $40 million in KPERS payments. It will be interesting to see if this narrative carries forward when the K-12 Commission meets next Monday.


The Kansas Judicial Branch budget is in similar poor shape. Last month the KBA Legislative Committee was provided an update on the current fiscal position of the Judicial Branch. Last year’s judicial budget bill provided supplemental aid to the courts amounting to $8.2 million; however, only $2 million was from the state general fund. The remaining $6.2 million was from new or increased filing fees/surcharge fees. The 2014 budget bill provided the following:


State General Funds (SGF)
Increase in filing fees (projected)
Increase in DUI reinstatement (projected)
SGF judicial savings and delaying of filling opening (predicted)

$2.0 million
$6.2 million
$1.5 million
$0.5 million
$10.2 million


The original supplemental request was for $8.2 million and the 2014 budget bill appears to cover that request. However, when reviewing the proposal the $8.2 million was requested to fund base operating expenses. In addition, $4.6 million of the $10.2 million was earmarked for system improvements. These additions were not part of the $8.2 million request. As such, only $5.6 million ($10.2 million minus $4.6 million) was available for base operating expenses. This left a $2.6 million shortage.


With an additional $4 million shortage from revenue shortfalls (summary judgment motions, less traffic fees, etc. …), the court is projected to be $6.6 million underfunded. The court has identified $3 million in savings from a reduction in personnel expenditures, which leave a balance of $3.6 million. The court plans to seek a supplemental appropriation of $3.6 million when the legislature reconvenes in January. Should the legislature fail to appropriate these funds the court may be forced to furlough employees up to three weeks ($250,000 per day).


Look for legislation allowing funds earmarked for e-filing to be used for court operations, as well as legislation to allow for electronic recording devise and video conferencing. The court will be looking at similar efficiencies to reduce the shortfall as much as possible to avoid long furloughs.

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2015 Lawyer and Law-Trained Legislators

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Sen. Franklin T. (Terry) Bruce

Senate District No. 34, R-Nickerson


Bruce is of counsel with the law firm of Forker, Suter and Rose in Hutchinson. He was first elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004, and again in 2008 and 2012. He previously served as an assistant county attorney in Reno County. Senator Bruce is a member of the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Judiciary, Natural Resources, and Utilities and is a member of other joint committees. Bruce received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.


Sen. David Haley

Senate District No. 4, D-Kansas City


Haley is the managing partner of Village East, a redevelopment company in Kansas City, Kansas. He served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1994-2000 and elected to the Kansas Senate in 2000. He was re-elected in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Haley is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare. He is also a member of other joint committees. Haley received his J.D. from Howard University.


Sen. Jeff King

House District No. 15, R-Independence


King is the owner of King Law Offices of Independence. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008, and re-elected in 2008 and 2010. King was appointed to fill the vacancy in the Kansas Senate when Derek Schmidt ascended to Kansas attorney general. King was re-elected to Senate District 15 in 2012. King serves as Senate vice president and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

House of Representatives

Rep. John Barker

House District No. 70, R-Abilene


Barker is a farmer, retired district court judge, and U.S. Army veteran. Barker served 25 years as a judge for the 8th Judicial District covering Dickinson, Geary, Marion, and Morris counties. He has been recognized for his work with Kansas youth – championing initiatives to prevent drug and alcohol abuse, working with local school districts to reduce truancy rates, and working with juvenile offender programs. Barker and his wife of 30 years, live in Dickinson County where they raised their two children.


Rep. Steve Becker

House District No. 104, R-Buhler


Becker is a retired district court judge for Reno County. Becker was appointed in June 1981 and retired in January 2007. Prior to his appointment, Becker practiced in Hutchinson. Becker graduated from Washburn Law School in 1975.


Rep. Robert Bruchman

House District No. 20, R-Overland Park


Bruchman was elected to the Kansas House in 2010. He is a principal in his own law firm specializing in business law, including business formation, mergers and acquisition, financing and complex business planning. Bruchman is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, House Commerce Committee, and House Utilities Committee. Bruchman received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.


Rep. Erin Davis

House District No. 15, R-Olathe

Davis is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 15. She was first appointed to the chamber on January 13, 2014. Having won reelection, Davis will complete her first full term as a state representative as she sits on the House Judiciary Committee. Davis received her law degree from the University of Kansas Law School in 2013 and she currently practices family law and criminal defense.


Rep. Blaine Finch

House District No. 59, R-Ottawa


Finch is majority owner and president of Green, Finch & Covington Chtd. His practice covers a broad spectrum of legal issues including municipal law, real estate, contracts, corporate law and estate planning. He also teaches at Ottawa University as an adjunct faculty member in the fields of history, political science and pre-law. Finch is a former city commissioner and mayor of the city of Ottawa. Finch graduated summa cum laude from Ottawa University with degrees in history, political science, and psychology. Finchis a member of the Kansas Bar Association and a member and past president of the Franklin County Bar Association. He attended Washburn University School of Law and graduated cum laude.


Rep.-elect Lane Hemsley

House District No. 56, R-Topeka


Hemsley graduated from Washburn University School of Law. He began working for two private law firms in Topeka before being appointed to head the Kansas Dental Board. Hemsley and his wife, Angie, raise their two children in Topeka.


Rep.-elect Dennis "Boog” Highberger

House District No. 46, D-Lawrence


Highberger graduated from University of Kansas Law School in 1992. His areas of private practice have included wills, estates, contracts, family law, federal communications law, and general civil practice. Highberger served on the Lawrence City commission from 2003-2009 and was mayor in 2005-2006. He has been an active member of the Lawrence community, and currently serves on the Douglas County Food Policy Council, the City of Lawrence’s Public Incentives Review Committee (PIRC), and Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB), and the boards of directors of Independence Inc., the Community Mercantile Education Foundation (CMEF), and the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association (ELNA).

Rep. Mark Kahrs

House District No. 87, R-Wichita


Kahrs is a small business owner and practices law in his own law firm in the area of creditor law. His clients include small businesses, corporations, partnerships, government agencies and individuals. Kahrs is a member of the NRA and the Federalist Society. He has been active in Kansas politics for over 20 years serving in various offices within the Kansas Republican Party, including former chairman of the Sedgwick County Republican Party. Kahrs currently serves as chairman of the Fourth District Republican Committee. Rep. Kahrs received his J.D. from Washburn School of Law in 1991.


Rep. Charles Macheers

House District No. 39, R-Shawnee


Macheers has 12 years of experience in private practice and has assisted clients with a wide range of issues including estate planning, trust, probate administration, and real estate, including site acquisition, leasing, and zoning. Most recently, Macheers worked for a Fortune 100 company where he focused on complex landlord, real estate and contract negotiations. Macheers received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


Rep. Craig McPherson

House District No. 8, R-Overland Park


McPherson attended Claremont McKenna College, one of the few institutions that still have an ideologically balanced faculty. Rep.-elect McPherson attended George Mason University, a school that emphasized economics, in addition to the normal law school curriculum and interned in the Justice Department. Today, he owns the McPherson Law Firm PLLC, which focuses on small business formation and business litigation. He is also a deacon at the Presbyterian Church of Stanley.


Rep.-elect Fred Patton

House District No. 50, R-Topeka


Patton graduated from the University of Kansas Law School before joining the legal research staff at the Shawnee County District Court. Currently, Patton owns and operates Patton Law Offices LLC in North Topeka with a varied practice area including banking, business/corporate, construction, estate planning, general civil, probate, and real estate. Patton is very active in the community having leadership roles in over 15 local groups.


Rep. Jan Pauls

House District No. 102, R-Hutchinson


Pauls is a sole practitioner with a law office in Hutchinson. She was first appointed to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2001 and elected in 1992 and re-elected every two years through 2010. Prior to her appointment to the Kansas Legislature, Pauls served as a district court judge in Reno County from 1984-1988 and an assistance county attorney in Reno County. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.


Rep. John Rubin

House District No. 18, R-Shawnee


Rubin is a former federal administrative law judge and FDIC regional counsel. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010 and reelected in 2012. Rubin is a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.


Rep. James Todd

House District No. 29, R-Overland Park


Todd was born at Shawnee and spent two years at Johnson County Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree before transferring to the University of Kansas to complete the last two years of his bachelor’s degree, graduating in 2004. Currently, Todd is a small business owner working to build his legal practice in Overland Park. He is focusing his legal practice on small business start-ups. Todd attended the University of Kansas School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2009.


Rep. Jim Ward

House District No. 86, D-Wichita


Ward is the owner of the Law offices of James Ward of Wichita. He was appointed to the Kansas Senate to fill a vacancy in 1992. He was later elected to the Kansas House in 2002 and re-elected every two years through 2012. Ward serves as the assistant House minority leader and is a member of the House Committees on Calendar and Printing, Health and Human Services, Interstate Cooperation, Judiciary and Legislative Budget, as well as several joint committees. He received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law.

Additional Information

The official state website for the Kansas Legislature is


From that site, you can find information on the House and Senate members and contact information, calendars, bill introductions, committee activity, minutes of committees, committee memberships, and virtually anything related to the Kansas Legislature.


2015 Kansas Legislature

- Kansas Senate: 32 Republicans/08 Democrats

- Kansas House of Representatives: 92 Republicans/33 Democrats


The 2015 Session begins on Monday, January 14.


Governor Sam Brownback

The website for Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is


Attorney General Derek Schmidt

The website for Attorney General Derek Schmidt is


Election Results

For complete election results, you can refer to the election link found on the Kansas Secretary of State’s website at

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7th Annual KBA Fall Legislative Conference

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, October 21, 2014

7th Annual Kansas Bar Association
Fall Legislative Conference

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Kansas Law Center

1200 SW Harrison Street,
Topeka, Kansas 66612



The Fall Legislative Conference will invite all newly elected

Lawyer-Legislators to participate



Schedule of Events

1:30p.m. – 2:20 p.m.


1 free-hour of CLE presented by

KBA Bench & Bar Committee



2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Legislative Conference



4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


Special thanks and appreciation to our Reception Hosts:

Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghart & Crow, LLC

John Peterson & Bill Brady/Capitol Strategies ♦ Kansas Bankers Association

Polsinelli Shughart, PC ♦ Whitney B. Damron, P.A.

R. E. "Tuck" Duncan/Kansas Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association


Attendance is free for all events


Please RSVP by November 14 for each event you wish to attend by
contacting Joseph N. Molina, KBA director of government affairs
(785) 234-5696 or



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'2014 Legislative Wrap-Up' Correction

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In July/August issue of the KBA Journal, the "2014 Legislative Wrap-Up” incorrectly listed a proposed change to the school finance bill as having been passed into law. This proposal would have allowed home-schooled or private school enrollees to receive a property tax credit ranging from $1,000 - $2,500, depending on the number of children who met the requirements. This proposal was removed from the final version of the bill prior to its passage.


In addition, the article also discussed the Corporate Education Tax Credit Scholarship program. To clarify, under HB 2506, corporations will be eligible for tax credits if they donate to a newly established scholarship fund that will pay for low-income students to attend private schools. The scholarship granting organizations created in the bill to collect and disperse scholarship money will have oversight from the Kansas Department of Revenue.

The KBA apologizes for this error. If you have any question please feel free to contact Joseph Molina, Director of Legislative Services,

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