UPDATED: Kelly foregoes unilaterally appointing justice


(Updated to include more details about how nominee would be chosen)

Gov.-elect Laura Kelly on Wednesday said she would forego her power to unilaterally appoint a new judge to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Under a law enacted during former Gov. Sam Brownback's administration, Kelly could have unilaterally appointed a judge to replace Justice Pat McAnany, who is retiring Jan. 14.

Instead, Kelly announced Wednesday that she will use the merit-selection process, where a panel of lawyers and nonattorneys will choose three candidates. It will be patterned after how the state chooses Supreme Court justices.

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