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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2007

The names of 20 persons were submitted by the noon Tuesday deadline as applicants to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals created by appointment of Judge Lee A. Johnson to the Supreme Court. Justice Johnson filled a vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Donald L. Allegrucci.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will review the applications and conduct interviews February 20-21st, with the names of three on the list to be submitted to Governor Kathleen Sebelius shortly after for appointment. Sebelius will have 60 days in which to make her selection.

Applying for the position are Rick E. Bailey, Wichita; Terry E. Beck, Topeka; Glenn R. Braun, Hays; Martha J. Coffman, Lawrence; Henry Reid Cox, Shawnee; Douglas M. Crotty III, Garden City; Sharon L. Dickgrafe, Wichita; Roger L. Falk, Wichita; W. Scott Hesse, Topeka; Randall L. Hodgkinson, Topeka; James R. Howell, Andover; Robert E. Keeshan, Topeka; Judge Steve A. Leben, Fairway; Ward E. Loyd, Garden City; Suzanne Carey McAllister, Lawrence; Timothy J. Moore, Wichita; Steven J. Obermeier, Olathe; Steven P. Smith, Wichita; Melissa Taylor Standridge, Overland Park; and Gaye Birkhead Tibbets, Wichita.

Members of the public are encouraged to comment on the qualifications of any of the applicants by writing to Richard C. Hite, c/o Carol G. Green, 301 S.W. 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66612. All written comments will be distributed to the full Commission for their review.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is chaired by lawyer Richard C. Hite of Wichita. Others on the Commission include: First Congressional District, Kerry E. McQueen of Liberal (lawyer member) and Dr. Janet A. Juhnke of Salina (lay member); Second Congressional District, Patricia E. Riley of Topeka (lawyer member) and Dale E. Cushinberry of Topeka (lay member); Third Congressional District, Thomas J. Bath Jr. of Overland Park (lawyer member) and Vivien B. Jennings of Fairway (lay member); Fourth Congressional District, Lee H. Woodard of Wichita (lawyer member) and David N. Farnsworth of Wichita (lay member).


For more information
contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2007

The Kansas Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee is surveying the public on how child support orders are established in the state's courts. The survey is part of a review of the child support guidelines used by Kansas judges that is conducted every four years.

The guidelines are rules used by judges to determine how much each parents' financial responsibility for their children is when the parents do not live together. This amount includes data from national surveys showing how much families spend on housing, transportation, food, health care, entertainment, and others.

Every four years, the Supreme Court is required to update this information and to examine how often judges adjust the basic child support amount to accommodate the unique circumstances of the family and the best interests of the children. The child support guidelines review is currently underway.

The committee is seeking input by surveying the public. The survey, which has a February 12 deadline, is online at the Kansas Supreme Court web site, www.kscourts.org. The guidelines review project examines the rules used to establish child support but does not include questions about visitation or how child support orders are enforced.

The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and allows written comments on how participants believe the child support guidelines can be improved. Information obtained through the survey will be used by the Kansas Supreme Court Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee, which will recommend any changes to the Supreme Court.

The Kansas Child Support Guidelines were established by the Kansas Supreme Court in 1987. Currently, approximately 200,000 Kansans either pay or receive child support for their children. During 2006, over $350 million was paid through the Kansas Child Support Payment Center.

Written copies of the survey and additional information about the Kansas Child Support Guidelines can be obtained by contacting the Office of Judicial Administration, at kansasCSG@kscourts.org or by writing to Kansas Child Support Guidelines Survey, Office of Judicial Administration, 301 SW 10th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66612.


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