AP Wire | 02/24/2005 | Democrats ask DA to investigate Kline's meetings with board
Two Democratic legislators asked Shawnee County's district attorney Thursday to investigate private meetings between Attorney General Phill Kline and State Board of Education members.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, and Rep. Paul Davis, of Lawrence, said Kline hasn't provided enough information to show the gatherings were allowed under the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Their attorney, Mike Merriam, said an investigation by a county prosecutor would be valuable.
“They have subpoena power,” he said. “I don't.”
Jim Bloom, the Hutchinson paper's editor and publisher, was encouraged by the legislators' request.
“I'm glad that other Kansans are expressing concerns about how the State Board of Education conducted those sessions,” Bloom said. “From my perspective, openness isn't a political issue, but a principle that all Kansans should appreciate.”
Let Mr. Hensley
and Mr. Davis
know you support them. And let Robert Hecht
, the Shawnee County DA
know you want an open and public investigation.