Topeka Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal has banned a lobbyist from the House gallery for the rest of the legislative session for taking part in a demonstration there during a vote last week.
O’Neal said Friday he took the action against Kansas AFL-CIO lobbyist Bruce Tunnell because of Tunnell’s active participation in a disruption in the gallery.
O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, says he’s also barring Tunnell from his office and that of the majority leader behind the House chamber.
Tunnell did not immediately return a telephone and e-mail message seeking comment.
Tunnell was among dozens of union members who protested a bill last week to bar labor organizations from automatically deducting money from members’ paychecks to finance political activities.