Brownback to talk about judicial selection

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to address members of a conservative legal organization about judicial selection following recent changes in how state Court of Appeals judges are picked.

The Federalist Society said Brownback was scheduled to speak at noon Thursday at an Overland Park hotel.

The appearance comes two weeks after the state Senate confirmed Brownback’s chief counsel, Caleb Stegall, to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Brownback advocated changing the state’s judicial selection system, and the law that took effect in July allows him to appoint judges to the Court of Appeals subject to Senate confirmation.

But Brownback and other conservative Republicans weren’t successful in changing the selection system for the Kansas Supreme Court. Questions persist about whether Brownback will keep pushing that issue.

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