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Frustrated GOP Lawmakers Weigh Move To Impeach Top Judges

Stephen Koranda

Republican lawmakers in Kansas are weary of conflicts with a judiciary that has been pushing for more school spending, and they're beginning to act on a measure to expand the legal grounds for impeaching judges.

The move is part of an intensified effort in red states to reshape courts still dominated by moderate judges from earlier administrations.

A committee in the GOP-controlled Senate plans to vote Tuesday on a bill that would make "attempting to usurp the power" of the Legislature or the executive branch grounds for impeachment.

The proposal has considerable support in a Legislature in which Republicans outnumber Democrats more than 3 to 1.

Nearly half the Senate's members have signed on as sponsors. It's unclear whether its novelty could complicate passage.

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