The Kansas League of Women Voters has made an open records request in an effort to discover the names of candidates for an open seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals. The League is hoping to see a month's worth of the schedules for the governor and some of his staff, to find out who might have been interviewed for the position. Dolores Furtado, with the league, says the names should be released for the sake of transparency.
Governor Brownback said this week that making the process public could discourage some people from applying for open court seats. Under a new system, the governor selects candidates for open seats on the Kansas Court of Appeals. The governor's nominees must then be confirmed by the state Senate.
The head of the League of Women Voters of Kansas is hoping that seeing the governor’s schedule could reveal the names of candidates for an open court seat. The league has filed an open records request for the calendars of Governor Sam Brownback and some of his staff. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, there’s disagreement over whether the names of candidates for the Kansas Court of Appeals should be released. Under a previous system, the names of the candidates were public.