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2013 Kansas Legislative Agenda

2013 Kansas Legislative Agenda

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Conservative IdeasBuilding A Solid Foundation
 August 23, 2012The Governor released a statement about the August 7
primary, thankingKansans who voted.
―The people of Kansas have a clear choice:
Do we want to growthe government or grow the
economy?‖ Brownback said. ‖ Most Kansans want to grow
the economy and increase the number of private sector jobs in our state. We will
continue working every day to help Kansans fulfill their aspirations.‖
 This is where the Conservatives have to seize the moment and change this stateproductively so that every Kansan can be satisfied and safe within our state borders.Going forward in the 2013 Legislative session
we ―MUST‖ rein in spending (Cut the
budgets and the deficits) actually bring down the budget.So we are providing multiple items to review, with a short overview of our goalsor reasons for the changes.
If we make the mistakes of making this a ―social issue congress‖
this congresswill not last. We need to stand on conservative principles and push an agenda thatbenefits the state not the social or special interest groups.
We don’t need a
Liberal wingof our party, nor do we need to lose our way. As we move forward it is imperative that we understand our constitution and whatour founders seen in our model of government. I hope you support most if not all of our legislation as a "Conservative" and most of all our beliefs that we keep all threebranches of government in its appropriate role and keep them separate from eachother? Here is a great start for our platform of ideas to lead us into the New Year.The executive and legislative branches can explicitly and emphatically reject thetheory of judicial supremacy and undertake anew their obligation to assure themselves,separately and independently, of the constitutionality of all laws and judicial decisions.When appropriate, the executive and legislative branches can use their constitutionalpowers to take meaningful actions to check and balance any judgments rendered by the judicial branch that they believe to be unconstitutional.
The executive and legislative branches should employ an interpretive approach of originalism in their assessment of the constitutionality of state and federal laws and judicial decisions. Just look at how vague the laws are. There is a reason for this.
Judicial Branch
This single Branch of government is maligning everything we stand for ascitizens and our fundamental rights as citizens. This branch has no accountability, noindependent oversight and continues to over reach at every turn. We have the most
―LIBERAL‖ judicial system in the country, and Kansas is the only state to elect its S
tateCourt Judges the way we do here.With the broadening latitude of the Courts, their injection into our daily lives andthe real over reach by the courts, it is important to the citizens of Kansas that thisbranch be taken back to a time when it's only primary job was that of "interpreting laws"and no more.Be mindful of the fact that we cannot change laws with lawyers and attorneys
Chairing the Judiciary’s in both houses. John Vr 
atil and Tim Owens have singlehandedly prevented or stopp
ed ―ANY‖ changes to the judiciary for more than 10 years
inthe Senate alone, while continuing to expand the courts authority. In order to moveforward we must make better decisions in appointing these Chairs and Vice Chairs. Wenow have 3 Republican
attorneys in the Senate, I’m sure th
at Jay Emler will seek tocontinue this run for this position but we cannot allow this to happen. Lawyers can serveon this committee but in a legal advisory role only.Voters need to have a say in the Judicial selections and the process needs to bevetted to keep this branch
minimized in its ―political views‖. Here are several things to
consider, many of these bills or drafts are already in existence to start making thenecessary changes. One thing to consider may be districts for these state Judges to beselected from to keep a balance state wide based on the numbers of Judges for theSupreme and Appellate Courts.Suggestions:
1) State ballots in 2014? Let the citizens of Kansas either allow for the election of our District court Judges for the state process. This is currently split about 50/50(vote/appointment) throughout Kansas. Elections would make more sense for thecitizens and place the District Courts completely under the election process.2) State ballots in 2014? Change the Constitution for the selection of the SupremeCourt Justices. A Governor selection with a Senate majority approval. This allowsfor the citizens to communicate with their legislator and gives the public a voice inthese selections. The Judicial branch is choosing its existence and with whom "it"wants to use without any input from the public. Make Judicial Districts within theState to allow representation of all areas for the Supreme Court.3) Change the Statutory law for the selection of the Appellate Court Justices. AGovernor selection with a Senate majority approval. This allows for the citizens tocommunicate with their legislator and gives the public a voice in these selections.The Judicial branch is choosing its existence and with whom "it" wants to usewithout any input from the public. Make Judicial Districts within the State to allowrepresentation of all areas for the State and Appellate Courts.4) Make sure the Statutory laws for the selection of the Magistrate judges stays(non-attorneys) and allow them to serve by the age of 18, as Texas has done for decades.5) As it pertains to the courts, we need a more responsive court and we need to doit for less money. Let
’s reduce the Supreme Court Judges from 7 to 5. Let’s
reduce the Appellate Judges from 13 to 10. Look at
making the ―retention votes‖
to 70% to retain them. New Mexico has a higher retention rate than this.6) Abolish Judgeships and Lower Courts - The Constitution vests Congress with thepower to create and abolish all courts, with the sole exception of the SupremeCourt. Congress even has the power, as Congressman Steve King of Iowa
frequently notes, to ―reduce the Supreme Court to nothing more than Chief 
Justice Roberts sitting at a card table with a candle." While abolishing judgeshipsand lower courts is a blunt tool and one whose use is warranted only in the mostextreme circumstances, those who care about the rule of law can be relied uponto consider whatever constitutionally permissible tools they can find to fight judges and courts that exceed their powers. This is one of many possibilities toinstitute checks and balances on the judiciary.

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