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Kansas House Approves Measure for Keeping State Courts Open

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House has approved a bill to keep the state's courts open following a legal dispute involving their budget. The measure was approved on a 119-0 vote Thursday and goes next to the Senate. It repeals a 2015 law threatening the court system's budget. The 2015 law said the judiciary's entire budget would be nullified if the courts struck down another law enacted in 2014. The 2014 law stripped the Kansas Supreme Court of its power to appoint chief judges in the state's 31 judicial districts and gave it to local judges instead. The high court invalidated the 2014 law last month. Lawmakers backing the 2014 law said they wanted to give local judges more say in how their courts are run, not shut down the judiciary.


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