I’ve mentioned several times the Republican and Democratic fights in the Ks legislature over judges and courts. With the legislative session coming to an end – we only have a short period they meet each year – many fights have sprung up. One of these is over the judges.
From the weekly news article released by Forrest Knox, Senator:
Impeachment – Straight Talk from Senator Knox (SB 439)
The 2016 legislative session has certainly been characterized by talk of the independence of the judiciary, separation of powers, and the like, apparently because of recent decisions of the Kansas Supreme Court, and of the U. S. Supreme Court.
The Kansas Supreme Court struck down a statute that told the judiciary how to select the chief judges of their judicial districts, saying it was the court’s business, not the legislature’s. Never mind that it was the legislature that created the judicial districts and the position of chief judge in the first place. This has raised lots of questions as to what the legislature can and cannot do in terms of the administration of the courts. In the past we have always done lots.
I found it funny because just about anyone could see it coming when they created the post. The answer is, of course, the same as ever; Who controls the money?
From the reaches,