- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court plans to hear arguments Dec. 10 on the validity of a law that is at the heart of a dispute over funding for the judiciary.

The court set a schedule Thursday for reviewing the state’s appeal of a Shawnee County judge’s ruling striking down the 2014 law.

The law stripped the Supreme Court of its power to appoint the chief judges in the state’s 31 judicial districts and gave that authority to district judges.

The high court noted in its order Thursday that the current terms of the chief judges it previously appointed expire at the end of this year.

Legislators enacted another law this year saying that the court system’s entire budget is nullified if the 2014 statute isn’t upheld.

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