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2014 Session Approaches

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Quick Take:

The KBA congratulates Caleb Stegall, former chief legal counsel for Gov. Brownback, for being officially sworn-in to the Kansas Court of Appeals last Friday. Stegall becomes the 14th Court of Appeal’s judge currently on the bench. For years the 14th seat remained vacant due to budget constraints. The swearing in was held at the Kansas Judicial Center and attended by a very influential crowd. The governor, secretary of state, and others were in attendance. For more information please see
http://www.kscourts.org/Kansas-Courts/General-Information/news-releases-2013.asp#123013

The 2014 Kansas Legislature is set to open on Monday, January 13. The official opening will start at 2 p.m. with the swearing in of House and Senate members. The big news will come Wednesday, January 15 when Gov. Brownback addresses the Legislature with his fourth State of the State address. The governor will most likely discuss the Kansas budget process, education spending, job growth, merit selection process, and KanCare.


After the governor lays out his vision for 2014 session, legislators will begin introducing proposals and holding hearings. To keep up with the fast-paced Capitol news follow me on twitter (@KansasBarLeg). For the latest bill proposals, legislative updates, and deadlines go to our webpage online at www.ksbar.org/?legislative.


With the 2014 session a week away it is important to recognize Erin Davis, the newest Kansas lawyer/legislator. Davis replaces Rep. Bob Montgomery who retired early this year. Davis is a 2013 KU Law graduate and is currently employed by a trial consulting firm in Olathe. Davis will be sworn in next week as the representative for the 15th House District.


Chief Justice Lawton Nuss will give the State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday, January 22 at 2:30pm. This address is historic since it will be the first in the state’s history given from the Kansas Supreme Courtroom.


Kansas law requires the chief provide a written report to the judiciary committees and executive branches. This address will focus on the Judicial Branch budget, a possible nonjudicial personnel furlough and court closings. You can read the entire press release online at http://www.kscourts.org/Kansas-Courts/General-Information/news-releases.asp#010214.

 

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 www.kscourts.org. The address will be recorded for viewing afterward by anyone unable to attend in person or watch it live online.

 

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