Kansas judges plan new lawsuit over judicial funding

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The four judges who sued Kansas over the Legislature’s move to defund the state judiciary’s budget are planning to file a new lawsuit.

A court notice on Thursday shows they voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit which Kansas had moved to federal court.

The attorney representing the judges says they dismissed it order file a new lawsuit in state court limiting issues to Kansas constitutional law. He says this is a Kansas matter and Kansas has the necessary tools to address it.

The attorney representing Kansas says it doesn’t surprise him the judges plan to refile the lawsuit without asserting federal claims.

Legislation passed this year nullifies the judicial branch’s entire budget if a 2014 law stripping the Kansas Supreme Court of its ability to appoint chief judges is struck down.

 

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