Kansas Senate Leader Defends Meetings With Brownback

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, February 3, 2012

The Kansas Senate's majority leader says he believes meetings Gov. Sam Brownback had at his official residence with legislators were routine and that no proposed legislation was discussed.

Majority Leader Jay Emler, a Lindsborg Republican, said Friday that he saw Brownback's meetings with Republican members of legislative committees as similar to social gatherings other governors had with lawmakers at Cedar Crest.

And Emler told reporters during a news conference that no bills were discussed. Emler was invited to two meetings in January with the GOP governor.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor has warned Brownback and all legislators to preserve records and electronic
files that could be potential evidence. Taylor, a Democrat, is investigating allegations that the gatherings violated the state's open meetings law.

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