TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will pay a former state senator $13,000 to settle his lawsuit over a decision by gambling regulators to block his involvement in a dog-racing track in his hometown.
Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders approved the settlement Tuesday with former Sen. Jim Barone, a Democrat from Frontenac.
The state Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a background report on Barone in October 2007, refusing to discuss the reasons. As a result, Barone couldn’t serve on the board of a nonprofit group supervising the now-closed Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac.
Last year, a Shawnee County District Court judge ruled that the commission had no grounds to reject the report and had painted Barone in a false light.
Brownback and legislative leaders didn’t discuss the settlement publicly before approving it.