Agency says state slow to turn over tobacco data

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas nonprofit agency says it has spent 10 months and $5,000 trying to get the state attorney general’s office to provide information related to a settlement with tobacco companies that funnels millions of dollars into early-childhood programs.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1ljXpuB) reports Kansas Action for Children president and CEO Shannon Cotsoradis contends the information is of public interest and vital to helping the Legislature and Kansas Children’s Cabinet plan for future spending.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says “most parts” of the accounting documents outlining how much the state is estimated to receive each year is “made confidential by a court order.”

Schmidt says claims that his office has withheld information are not true. He says he has provided more information on the issue than previous administrations.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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