House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, has suggested that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been plying lawmakers with Final Four tickets and state plane trips to try to prevent them from voting to override her coal-plant vetoes. â€œI didnâ€™t buy any NCAA tickets for anybody. I didnâ€™t fly anywhere on anybodyâ€™s state plane,â€ Neufeld said, suggesting his pro-plant lobbying has involved â€œvisiting with people.â€ But both sides of the plant debate were represented among the 11 legislators who rode on the eight-passenger state plane during the NCAA tournament, and lawmakers contacted by Harris News Service about the trips said theyâ€™d purchased their own game tickets. â€œThatâ€™s a good try, though,â€ said state Rep. Julie Menghini, D-Pittsburg, of Neufeldâ€™s lament. The governorâ€™s spokeswoman said itâ€™s routine for Sebelius to offer spots on the plane to lawmakers when sheâ€™s traveling in her official role.
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