Judicial selection change recommended by House Committee
Governor Brownback endorsed either the federal model or direct election in his State of the State address. Many conservative legislators say the current system is biased against conservative judges and principles. Frustration with the courts has been increased by the Montoy school finance case in 2005 and the Gannon decision earlier this month (by a three-judge panel of district court judges), both of which ordered the Legislature to spend more money on education. They say the current system lacks accountability to the people.
KASB that the current system provides for an independent judiciary, strengthening the system of checks and balances; and has helped enforce the constitutional requirement that the Legislature “make suitable provision for finance” of public education. KASB delegate voted for this position in the “First in Eductation” resolution adopted last December.