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House panel dismisses complaint against Democrat accused of misleading debate

March 16, 2012

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— A House investigative panel has dismissed a complaint against a Wichita Democrat.

The complaint filed by 26 Republicans accused Rep. Jim Ward of misleading the House during a debate on an amendment he proposed to a property tax bill.

A bipartisan panel unanimously dismissed the complaint Thursday.

Ward said he did nothing wrong, and said Republicans simply didn't read his amendment before voting on it.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, said House members had other ways to learn what Ward's amendment did. He and others also said they don't want an investigation whenever someone thinks a legislator didn't properly explain a bill or amendment.

None of the Republicans who signed the complaint asking that Ward be censured or expelled testified to the committee.

Comments

WilburNether 2 years, 9 months ago

Ward lied. However, that is not a censurable offense. (If it were, Paul Davis would have been kicked out of the Legislature years ago.) What will happen is that no legislator in his/her right mind will ever trust Ward again, ever, about anything. Censurable offense? No. Destroy his credibility? Absolutely, and forever.

tomatogrower 2 years, 9 months ago

Or maybe they'll read what he has proposed. Maybe they'll have to do their job!!! Horrors.

Orwell 2 years, 9 months ago

Bull. There was absolutely no lie. Republican legislators, too busy worrying about controlling our private lives, failed to do their jobs and made assumptions about an amendment that was right in front of their faces. Rather than accept responsibility for their negligence, some Republicans tried to divert public attention with a sham complaint – thereby wasting more time and taxpayer money.

Credit is due to the responsible legislators who recognized the complaint for what it was – and/or wanted to shield their colleagues from further highlighting their own stupidity.

JackMcKee 2 years, 9 months ago

They were expected to read the amendment before voting on it? how unfair!

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 9 months ago

Ive been thinking how great it is that we are mainstreaming these people. It used to be that functional illiterates, morons and other types of imbeciles would be locked out of sight.

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