Gov. Laura Kelly's nominee to the Kansas Corporation Commission won the approval of a Senate committee on Wednesday, saying he would be an independent voice despite representing large industrial power users in the past.
Overland Park utilities lawyer Andrew French can now take a seat on the three-person panel until his confirmation is voted on by the full Senate next year. He replaces Shari Feist Albrecht.
French was one of nine appointments that were appointed by the governor that were approved by the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee Thursday.
French, who works for the law firm Smithyman & Zakoura . . .