Golf Great Takes Swing at Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ PGA Tour great Tom Watson was in the spotlight again, but this time it had nothing to do with golf.

Watson was in Topeka on Wednesday urging legislators to approve a bill that curtails involuntary annexation.

The House Elections and Governmental Organization Committee is debating the bill, which would require mail ballots to be sent to people in proposed annexation areas. If annexation is rejected by those residents, the question couldn't be raised again for four years. The committee took no action Wednesday.

Watson says he lives in southern Johnson County and is upset over efforts by Overland Park to annex 15 square miles of mostly rural land near Miami County.

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