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Ex-staff chief to Democratic governors discusses Cedar Crest meetings

February 13, 2012


— A former chief of staff to two past Democratic governors says he can’t remember them inviting legislators to the governor’s official residence by committee.

Former Lt. Gov. Troy Findley says Govs. Mark Parkinson and Kathleen Sebelius invited groups of four or six lawmakers to Cedar Crest, the governor’s residence. He said they went through the House and Senate rosters alphabetically.

Findley was the governor’s chief of staff from 2005 to 2010, serving both Sebelius and Parkinson.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, also a Democrat, is investigating seven gatherings in January held at Cedar Crest by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback for GOP members of 13 legislative committees. Brownback and his aides have said they’re confident the gatherings didn’t violate the Kansas Open Meetings Act.


lawslady 5 years, 10 months ago

Going thru the rosters alphabetically was probably smart and did not result in a majority of the members of specific committees ending up together behind closed doors. But it could have. None of this will matter if the house or senate rules for that session exempt the committee(s) from the open meeting laws. See K.S.A. 75-4318(a), first sentence. As long as there is this giant loop hole for lawmakers (who want other public bodies to comply with open government law) all this latest news will do is force the house/senate leaders to exercise their power to slide out from under open meeting law by simply making that exception part of their operating rules each year.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 10 months ago

+1 Good point. He who has the gold makes the rules?

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