Top Kansas Senator Not Surprised By Meetings Report
Associated Press - Tue 11:00 AM 08/21/2012
Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler says he's not surprised by a prosecutor's finding that private meetings Gov. Sam Brownback had with legislators didn't substantially violate the state's open meetings law.
Emler, a Lindsborg Republican, also said Tuesday that he's not offended by Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor's criticism of the gatherings in January at Cedar Crest, the governor's residence.
A report Tuesday said that technical violations of the law may have occurred during the seven meetings and that many legislators have a limited understanding of the open meetings law. Emler said it's good for lawmakers to be reminded regularly that the law requires them to be careful about having private meetings.
Emler attended one of the gatherings and said he saw nothing that violated the law.