Budget Deal Keeps Kansas Courts Open

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Officials say that the four remaining days of statewide court closures and court employee’s unpaid furloughs have been cancelled after legislators approved funding to keep the courts open.

The planned closures were planned for Thursday and Friday of this week, along with June 7-8. According to state officials, approximately 1,590 state court employees and potentially many others are affected by the decision cancelling the court closures.

On Sunday night, the Kansas Legislature approved $1.1 million in supplemental funding to keep courts open until the 2013 fiscal year begins on July 1.

The funding must still be signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback, but Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss says that he made the announcement early to give court employees time to prepare.

“While technically the funds are not assured until Governor Brownback signs the budget bill, I am confident a bill will be signed,” Nuss said in a statement on Monday.

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