Legislation would remove governor’s power to fill statewide office vacancies

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As the clock winds down on the Legislature, there's a move in the Capitol to remove Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's power to fill vacancies in statewide offices.

Republican state Reps. Blake Carpenter and Francis Awerkamp have been working on legislation that would turn the appointment authority over to the state's political parties.

The legislation comes into play at a time when one Republican statewide officeholder is running for the U.S. Senate and another has been mentioned as a possible candidate.

Carpenter said in an interview that two bills have been introduced, one a SSJ

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