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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas prosecutor says there's no evidence to suggest that private dinners Gov. Sam Brownback hosted for dozens of legislators at his official residence violated the state's open meetings law.
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor issued his findings Tuesday after a nearly seven-month investigation into seven meetings in January involving members of 13 legislative committees almost all of them fellow Republicans.
Taylor, a Democrat, said his investigation found no substantial violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
He said his investigation found that in some instances the legislators touched on issues before them at Cedar Crest gatherings, but that generally they did not intend to violate the act.
Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler said he's not surprised by Taylor's findings.
Emler said it's good for lawmakers to be reminded regularly that the law requires them to be careful about having private meetings. He attended one of the gatherings and said he saw nothing that violated the law.