Kansas Senate sends judicial transparency bill to governor

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will have to decide whether to sign a bill that will require him to disclose the names of applicants for the Kansas Court of Appeals.

The provision is one component of SB 128, a bill that supporters say will bring more transparency to the way judges are selected. The Senate passed it 35-3 on Sunday.

The bill, which now goes to the governor, also makes the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission, the special panel that selects nominees for the state’s highest court, subject to the Kansas open records and meetings acts. Continue…