The Kansas House has advanced legislation giving the governor and legislators more power over appointments to the state Court of Appeals.
The House gave the bill first-round approval on a 68-54 vote Thursday. It needs a second House vote to move to the Senate.
The legislation provides for Court of Appeals judges to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.
Under the current system, a special commission screens applicants for the court and nominates three finalists. The governor makes the appointment, with no role for legislators.
Supporters of the change contend it will make the selection process more open. Opponents argue it will make the process more political.