TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has honored a former legislator for his work on training of municipal judges.
Chief Justice Lawton Nuss presented the award Monday to attorney Jay Emler, a former state senator from Lindsborg who now serves on the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Emler was a municipal judge when he pushed for a state law on the qualifications for municipal judges.
The 1989 law required creation of a training and examination program for municipal judges, who in Kansas are not required to be attorneys. Emler was then appointed to a commission charged with making sure municipal judges have the skills and knowledge to carry out their duties.
Emler served on the commission until his appointment to the KCC in January, when he also left the Senate after 13 years.