Panels Move to Consider Court Funding Bills in Kansas

Two legislative committees were planning to hold hearings on Thursday on bills to avert a funding crisis for the Kansas courts, the Associated Press reported.  The hearings represented a quick start for consideration of the measures.

The legislation was introduced to repeal a 2015 law to nullify court funding if a judge overturned a separate law that trimmed authority of the state Supreme Court. Because the latter scenario has occurred, funding for the entire court system has been threatened (see Gavel Grab).

Pedro Irigonegaray is a lawyer for a state judge who brought the successful legal challenge that in turn raised concerns about court funding. “The Republican leadership has recognized the mistake they made and through [introducing the bills] are correcting the constitutional crisis they created,” he told Courthouse News Service.