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SCR 1601 - Authorizes the Governor to Nominate Judges - Kansas Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes the Governor to Nominate Judges

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a concurrent resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters that authorizes the governor to appoint Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes the governor to appoint any qualified individual to fill a vacancy of Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Judges, whereas current law requires the Governor to select 1 of the 3 nominees selected by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the Senate to confirm appointments for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Judges (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to make the appointment for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges if the governor does not fill the appointment within 60 days (Sec. 1).
  • Requires this resolution to be submitted to voters as a constitutional amendment at the next state-wide election, scheduled for August 2014 (Sec. 3).

NOTE: AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS APPROVAL IN EACH CHAMBER FOR PASSAGE. IT MUST THEN BE APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF CITIZENS VOTING IN THE NEXT ELECTION TO BECOME EFFECTIVE.

Title: Authorizes the Governor to Nominate Judges

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