Kansas Moves to Rein in Runaway Courts
February 25, 2013
The Kansas Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the ability of state courts to act as legislators by providing that all school funding decisions be made by the Legislature. A recent ruling by the Shawnee County District Court that the current school funding levels are “unconstitutional” – effectively ordering a $400 million per year tax increase – has already spurred calls for changing the way judges are selected to make them more accountable. Proponents of the new amendment say reform is needed to stop “appropriation by litigation” and restore the power over funding decisions to the elected representatives of the people.