Governor Signs Measure Keeping Kansas Courts Open

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation to keep the entire state court system funded, following an end to a legal dispute over court funding.

This funding was jeopardized by legislation passed last year, widely viewed by defenders of fair and impartial courts as a political attack on the judiciary (see Gavel Grab for background).

More recently the legislature voted to repeal the controversial provision stating that if the courts struck down a statute that removed authority of the Supreme Court to name district court chief judges, then the entire court system would be defunded. When the judicial-appointment statute was ruled invalid, the looming possibility of a cutoff of funding to the Kansas courts drew national attention.

Media coverage about Brownback’s signing the bill included The Associated Press and The Wichita Eagle.