The group Kansans for Life says it will push to change how state Supreme Court justices are selected. The announcement came at today’s (WED) anti-abortion rally at the Kansas Statehouse. A proposal last year would have allowed the governor to select candidates for the court, pending confirmation by the state Senate. That bill passed the Kansas Senate but did not get a vote in the House. Kathy Ostrowski, with Kansans for Life, says they’ll be working on outreach to members of the House.
Currently, a nominating commission selects Supreme Court candidates and the governor is presented with three choices. Critics of the current system say it gives too much power to attorneys, who hold a majority of the commission’s seats. Opponents of changing the system say it would introduce politics into the selection process.