Meadowlark: More Info on Van Meteren ‘Free Speech’ Ethics Case

Kansas Meadowlark:

A recent Meadowlark article, “Free Speech” May Cost Kansas Citizen $7500, gave details from a civil fine hearing held by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission in January, which was decided at their February meeting.

Kris Van Meteren brought a complaint to the Ethics Commission several months ago, and then talked to the press about his signed complaint. Van Meteren then found himself the subject of an ethics complaint for breaking confidentiality about his own complaint, and was later fined $7500.

This article shows the actual complaint filed against Van Meteren by the Ethics Commission, as well as the Commission’s Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (see below).

After the secret Executive Session held to discuss this case, which is part of Kansas Law, Commissioner Gerald Goodell made a motion to fine Van Meteren $2500 for violation of the first count, and $5000 for violation of the second count.  Van Meteren is facing a fine of $7500 for what he considers was “free speech” on his part.

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