(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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