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Good steps toward delivering court funding

To their credit, GOP legislative leaders already are taking the needed steps to bring Kansas judicial funding out of jeopardy. House Bill 2449 and Senate Bill 320 have been introduced to repeal the “non-severability” clause in a 2015 law designed to zero out all court funding if earlier judicial reforms were ruled unconstitutional – as they were last month by the Kansas Supreme Court. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Ron Ryckman Jr., R-Olathe, said the legislation “provides certainty to the courts that their appropriated funds will be appropriated.” Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, said: “I don’t anticipate any significant changes to their budget.” Resolving the crisis shouldn’t involve reducing judicial funding. – Rhonda Holman