Kansas Hearings Planned on Decision by Governor's Administration

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators plan hearings into a decision on social services funding by the administration of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the president's choice for health and human services secretary.

The decision increased payments last year to a group that has the state Democratic Party's chairman as a director. One critic says it represents a misuse of federal funds.

The Republican chairwoman of the House and Senate budget subcommittees on social services spending said Wednesday that they
plan to have hearings. They also said they may ask for a legislative audit.

The decision last fall by Sebelius' secretary of social and rehabilitation services is worth almost $713,000 a year to Community Living Opportunities. The nonprofit Lenexa group provides services to the developmentally disabled.

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