Kansas Group Sues over Tobacco Money Report

Cigarette 001(AP) – A children’s advocacy group has gone to court to force the Kansas attorney general’s office to disclose information about how much the state can expect to receive in tobacco settlement funds.

Kansas Action for Children filed its petition Friday in Shawnee County District Court. The group wants Attorney General Derek Schmidt to release an accounting firm’s report on revisions to a 1998 legal settlement between states, including Kansas, and tobacco companies.

Schmidt’s office announced last month that because of the settlement changes, Kansas received nearly $68 million in tobacco settlement funds for the current fiscal year, almost $13 million more than expected.

The group says it wants to know how much the state can expect to receive in coming years.

Schmidt’s spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.


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