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Larry Solomon was the chief judge of the Thirtieth Judicial District of Kansas. Judge Solomon was appointed to serve as judge judge in 1991 and has been reappointed continuously through the present. Under Kan. Stat. Ann. 20-329, as amended by section 11 of H.B. 2338, Judge Solomon’s current term will end on January 1, 2016, and under Supreme Court Rule 107(a) his current term will end on December 31, 2015. On February 18, 2015, Judge Solomon filed a petition seeking a declaration that section 11 of H.B. 2338 is an unconstitutional encroachment on the constitutional authority of the Supreme Court to administer the judiciary of the state and that if section 11 were declared unconstitutional, the remainder of the bill could not be saved. The district court granted Judge Solomon’s motion for summary judgment and struck all of H.B. 2338 because of a nonseverability clause. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that section 11 of H.B. 2338 is unconstitutional, and Rule 107 remains in full effect.