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Lawmakers don't want Kansas to stop electing county sheriffs


February 23, 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Many Kansas legislators want to make sure that counties don't change the longstanding tradition of electing sheriffs by enshrining the policy in the state constitution.

The Republican-controlled state House gave first-round approval Tuesday to a proposal to add language to the Kansas Constitution's short article on county government to ensure that sheriffs are elected to four-year terms. The article now says only that the Legislature will create county offices "as may be necessary."

Counties have been electing sheriffs since 1857, four years before Kansas was admitted...

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