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Kansas lawmaker wants Senate vote on high court appointments

May 5, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A conservative Republican legislator is trying to force a debate on a proposal to require Kansas Senate confirmation of state Supreme Court justices.

Sen. Ty Masterson of Andover notified his colleagues early Sunday that he will attempt to pull from committee a proposed amendment to the state constitution on how justices are selected.

The Senate plans to take a vote on his move May 29, when lawmakers meet for the ceremony formally adjourning their annual session.

Masterson cited as one reason the Supreme Court’s ruling last week declaring that the state constitution protects abortion rights. Masterson opposes abortion.

The amendment would have the governor appoint justices subject to Senate confirmation. The governor currently appoints one of three finalists named by a lawyer-led nominating commission, with no review by lawmakers.