Kan. AG defends not releasing tobacco funds report

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general’s office says it will release information about the state’s share of tobacco settlement funds in a timely manner if it can do so legally.

Spokesman Don Brown said Friday that Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office still is determining whether it can release an accounting firm’s report on revisions to a 1998 legal settlement between states and tobacco companies.

Kansas Action for Children filed a petition Friday in Shawnee County District Court to force Schmidt’s office to release the report. The group says it wants to know much the state can expect to receive in tobacco settlement funds in coming years.

Schmidt announced last month that Kansas received nearly $68 million in tobacco settlement funds for the current fiscal year, almost $13 million more than expected.

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