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Brownback Monitoring KS Scale Accuracy Efforts

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback is monitoring efforts by the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Weights and Measures to increase the accuracy of heavy capacity scales. The department's efforts to regulate more than 4,000 large scales used to weigh scrap metal, recyclables, agricultural products and other goods has been criticized for lack of accuracy. Brownback, a Republican and former state agriculture secretary, tells the Topeka Capital-Journal that a Kansas system that uses licensed private inspectors to certify scales, with follow-up inspections by state staff, may need some tweaks. However, the governor says the result is better than when scales were examined only by state inspectors. The governor helped develop the semi-privatized system when he was secretary from 1986 to 1993.


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