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E-mail Sheds New Light on Meetings at Gov's Mansion

Cedar CrestCedar Crest, the official residence of the governor, in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An email from the manager of the Kansas governor's residence said the purpose of private dinner meetings with Republican legislators was, in part, to discuss business.  The Shawnee County District Attorney is investigating seven Republican-only dinners at the governor's mansion for violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act, which prohibits a majority of a legislative body from gathering behind closed doors to discuss business.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that among hundreds of emailed RSVPs obtained through an open records request, there's one in which Rebecca Witte, who manages Cedar Crest, told a legislator's assistant that committee members gathering for a dinner will "spend some time discussing business."  Brownback's office said Witte "misinformed" the lawmaker's office, and the dinners didn't violate the Open Meetings Act."

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