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Brownback maintains open meetings act wasn’t violated

August 27, 2012

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— Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday said that during his private dinners with legislators, which were the focus of an investigation, there were no violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

“I would note that there was no KOMA violation,” Brownback said. “I don’t know if you saw that in the DA’s report. There is no prosecution that is taking place in this.”

But last week Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said there were technical violations of KOMA by legislators. Taylor criticized legislators and told them they needed to become better informed about the law.

Taylor said because legislators said they couldn’t remember enough details during interviews with his office he couldn’t prove substantial violations had occurred.

Asked if he planned to have similar dinners in the future, Brownback said perhaps he would and invite the media.

“Now, I don’t know if I have to feed you as well,” he said.

Last January, Brownback, a Republican, held seven private dinners with legislators at Cedar Crest, the governor’s mansion. In total, he invited more than 90 legislators, almost all Republicans, from 13 committees. Brownback discussed with them issues he planned to deal with during the 2012 legislative session.

On Monday, Brownback said his administration took precautions to ensure there were no violations of KOMA.

In general, KOMA prohibits a majority of legislative bodies from discussing government business without public notice or access to the meetings. Taylor’s investigation said that in some instances the lawmakers attending the dinners had a “limited understanding” of the law.

Comments

Katara 2 years, 3 months ago

Many of these lawmakers have a "limited understanding" of many things.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 3 months ago

In other words, Brownback coached the legislators to declare the fifth, or something even easier for them-- claim ignorance.

Singletrack 2 years, 3 months ago

"I would note that there was no KOMA violation,” Brownback said. “I don’t know if you saw that in the DA’s report. There is no prosecution that is taking place in this.”

Yeah there was, Sam. Several violations of the law in a situation set up by a bunch of guys who didn't know the law and who didn't bother to go to the AG's office to learn the law. You don't have to buy the press dinner, but you should at least read the statute and the legal opinions dealing with it. You need to read the DA's report. It is obvious you haven't done so yet.

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