State Senate to Vote on Keeping Kansas Courts Open

The Kansas Senate was preparing to vote on Thursday on a House-passed bill that would keep the entire state court system funded, following an end to a legal dispute over court funding, The Associated Press said.

Such a Senate vote would dispel a cloud cast over this funding by legislation passed last year, widely viewed by defenders of fair and impartial courts as a political attack on the judiciary (see Gavel Grab for background).

The Senate was expected on Thursday to  repeal a controversial provision stating that if the courts struck down a  statute that removed authority of the Supreme Court to name district court chief judges, then the entire court system’s funding itself would be struck down. When the judicial-appointment statute was ruled invalid, the looming possibility of a cutoff of funding to the Kansas courts drew national attention.