The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission adjourned without a decision in the civil fine hearing against Kris Van Meteren in January. See the Meadowlark article, First Amendment Defense Thorny Issue for Ethics Commission, for details.
Briefly, Mr. Van Meteren brought a complaint to the Ethics Commission’s attention several months ago, and then talked to the the press about his complaint.
Today, when the public hearing was re-opened, Chairwoman Sabrina Standifer explained that at the last meeting, the Commission took the exhibits, memo and motion to dismiss from Mr. Van Meteren’s attorney, Mr. Ryan Kriegshauser, under advisement. Earlier in the afternoon, Ms. Standifer re-opened the deliberations of the complaint in a secret Executive Session. After these additional secret deliberations, the Commission issued their findings of fact and conclusions of law in this case. Read the rest of this article.