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Fight Over Kansas Court Funding Attracts National Attention - KPR

Source: 
Kansas Public Radio
Author: 
Stephen Koranda
Date: 
Monday, September 14, 2015

"A legal fight over funding for Kansas courts has attracted national attention. At issue is a state law that changes the way chief judges are selected. A subsequent budget bill stipulated that the Kansas court system would lose all of its funding if the judicial selection law was struck down. A district court has struck down the law. That decision is on hold while there’s an appeal, but it still leaves questions about funding for the courts.
 
University of Kansas Law Professor Richard Levy has been watching the legal wrangling. He says one reason the fight is attracting attention is because it’s a strategy that lawmakers in other states could pursue.

'If legislatures could do this, then the precedent in Kansas might encourage more use of this sort of a tactic to protect constitutionally suspect bills,' says Levy."