TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Former House Speaker Melvin Neufeld is
defending his decision late last year to name himself to a key
board overseeing the state's biotechnology industry.
The Ingalls Republican set a precedent in December when he
nominated himself to the Kansas Bioscience Authority's board.
He did it shortly before giving up his appointment powers as
Now, he's working on legislation that would give the Legislature
greater power over the independent body's spending.
He said both his bill and his nomination are intended to remove
political influence from the bioscience authority and other
agencies in state government that support job creation.
He also says neither move is linked to his claims that the
authority is biased in favor of the University of Kansas and
against Wichita State University.