End Of Review Into Kansas Governor's Meetings Delayed

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _A spokesman says a northeast Kansas
prosecutor's investigation into private meetings of Republican
legislators with Gov. Sam Brownback won't be finished until the end
of the month.

Lee McGowan, chief of staff to Shawnee County District Attorney
Chad Taylor, said Tuesday that staff still must interview a few
lawmakers and members of the governor's staff.

McGowan said interviews won't be completed until the Legislature
returns from a break April 25.

Brownback, a Republican, had seven meetings in January with GOP
members of 13 legislative committees. Taylor, a Democrat, began his
investigation in February.

Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene (shuh-REEN') Jones-Sontag says the governor is confident the gatherings didn't violate the Kansas
Open Meetings Act.

Many lawmakers who attended the events said they were social
gatherings, not business meetings.

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