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Committee Seeking Testimony On Court Nominee

A Kansas Senate committee will hold a hearing next week to consider Gov. Sam Brownback's choice to fill an open court seat.

Brownback has nominated his office's top attorney, Caleb Stegall, for the seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Senator Jeff King chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will consider the nomination. King said they're looking for public input.

“I strongly encourage anyone with an opinion on the qualifications of Mr. Stegall to serve on the Court of Appeals to provide public testimony,” King said.

Written testimony can be submitted by email to Senator King. He said people who submit testimony may also appear in person at Tuesday's hearing.

Stegall's is the first nomination under a new system in which the governor selects candidates for the Court of Appeals. Those candidates then must be confirmed by the Kansas Senate.