Kan. leaders settle lawsuit by ex-senator for $13K

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

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.

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