Bill on county commission selections heads to Senate

A bill requiring members to an expanded county commission be chosen through special election and not by gubernatorial appointment cleared the Kansas House of Representatives on a voice vote Wednesday morning.

The bill heads to the Senate.

Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina, introduced the measure in December, because of “what happened to us,” he told the House.

In November 2014, Saline County voters approved expanding the county commission from three to five seats. Under state statute, Gov. Sam Brownback filled the new seats by appointment. That meant the governor determined 40 percent of the makeup on the Saline County Commission.

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