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Kansas GOP Lawmakers Weigh Veto Overrides at Caucus Meeting

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita-area lawmaker says he was the one who advised the governor to withhold information about the state's potential credit downgrade. Republican Senator Ty Masterson, of Andover, made the statement about an hour into a Republican caucus meeting yesterday (MON) in which the party's lawmakers weighed overrides to two recent vetoes by Governor Sam Brownback. The Wichita Eagle reports that an attempt to override one of the vetoes was halted last week when the governor disclosed on social media that doing so could've resulted in a credit downgrade for the state. Most lawmakers were unaware of the possibility. The vetoed bill would've barred the Kansas Department of Administration from spending state funds from demolishing a Topeka office building to construct a new power plant for the Capitol. Lawmakers may attempt to override one or both of the governor's vetoes today (TUE).

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