Kansas prisons chief's confirmation in doubt

June 05, 2019 - 8:40 pm

Two legeslative leaders say they have doubts that the Kansas Senate will confirm Gov. Laura Kelly's choice to be the next head of the state prison system.

Kelly on Wednesday stood by her appointment of top Idaho corrections official Jefferey Zmuda as Kansas corrections secretary. Zmuda is set to take over the Kansas Department of Corrections in July.

Zmuda was criticized by an Idaho judge earlier this year for giving "disingenuous" testimony as the deputy director of that state's prison system in a lawsuit over access to execution records.

Senate President Susan Wagle said Wednesday that she is not sure the Senate will confirm Zmuda. Majority Leader Jim Denning said the vote would go against Zmuda if it were held now.

Lawmakers are out of session until January.

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