Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pettey votes against Stegall; Haley abstains from vote

KANSAS CITY, KAN. --- Caleb Stegall, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's nomination for the Kansas Court of Appeals, received overwhelming support from the Kansas Senate committee this week.

However, two local state senators were not among those who supported him.

Kansas Sen. Pat Pettey voted "no" on his nomination, while Kansas Sen. David Haley abstained from the vote for the purpose of protesting the selection process.

More from The Associated Press:
The only committee member voting against Stegall's nomination was Sen. Pat Pettey, a Kansas City Democrat, who said she has concerns about Stegall's conservative views and whether his appointment will compromise judicial independence because of his close ties to the governor. Sen. David Haley, also of Kansas City and the committee's only other Democrat, abstained to protest the selection process.