Tue August 28, 2012
Top Morning News
Open Meetings Act; Statehouse Repairs Funded; State Withholds Payment to 3M; KU Ticket Scalping Case
Governor’s Open Meeting Issues Continue
Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Statehouse Repairs Funded
Gov. Brownback and legislative leaders have authorized an additional $5.4 million in bonds to finish the renovation of the Statehouse.
The bonds approved yesterday will be used to finance work on a new visitor center. The plan from Brownback’s administration also will tap $7 million in Kansas Department of Transportation funds to repair the Statehouse’s construction-scarred grounds.
The additional funding will push the total cost of the Statehouse renovation to $332 million. State officials now expect all of the work, to be finished by the end of 2013.
Brownback said he hasn’t been a fan of the renovation because of its cost but now it’s time to finish the project.
The only leader to oppose issuing the bonds was Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Carolyn McGinn, a Sedgwick Republican, who said all lawmakers ought to vote on it.
State Withholding Payment To 3M Over Registration System Problems
Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says the state is withholding part of the payment to the company responsible for the new motor vehicle registration system while problems are being resolved.
Ex-KU Official Wants Judge To Toss Out Sentence
A former University of Kansas assistant athletics director wants a judge to throw out his sentence in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy, saying his lawyer did a poor job.
Rodney Jones is serving a 46-month federal prison sentence in Oklahoma. He was among seven people charged in the investigation of unlawful sales of Jayhawk season tickets by key athletics officials.
Jones filed a motion yesterday in federal court claiming his attorney prevented him from cooperating early with an internal university investigation. Two defendants who did cooperate received probation.
Jones also claims prosecutors did not honor an agreement to recommend leniency for his substantial assistance.