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AG Derek Schmidt statement on dismissal of court-funding lawsuit

Release Date: Jan 22, 2020

TOPEKA – (January 22, 2020) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued the following statement on the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision today dismissing Frederick, et al. v. The Kansas Legislature, a lawsuit asking the court to order increased funding for the judicial branch of state government:

“Today’s dismissal of this lawsuit is in the best interests of the citizens of Kansas, who expect the different branches of their state government to work cooperatively, exercise restraint and respect the proper role of the other branches. The court should no more decide the size of its own budget than the Legislature should decide the constitutionality of the laws it enacts. I commend both the court and the Legislature for their respectful and restrained handling of this matter.”

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