7 Kan. Lawmakers Subpoenaed Over Gov.'s Meetings

By: AP (posted by Carissa Fox)
By: AP (posted by Carissa Fox)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas prosecutor has issued subpoenas to seven legislators he wants to question about private meetings between lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback.

Brownback hosted seven private dinners in January at his official residence with lawmakers from 13 House and Senate committees. The Republican governor has expressed confidence that the gatherings did not violate the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

But Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, a Democrat, is investigating the meetings and wants to talk to some of the lawmakers.

Sen. Susan Wagle received a subpoena ordering her to appear Thursday in district court in Topeka. Wagle said Tuesday she considers Taylor's investigation a waste of time.

The Wichita Republican also said she's arranging to answer questions by phone so she doesn't have to travel while undergoing treatment for cancer.

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