It wasn’t surprising that a legislative panel concluded that Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, broke no state ethical rules by working as lead attorney in a lawsuit against the state. But what O’Neal refuses to acknowledge is that “complying with the rules” doesn’t make his actions right. That’s why the panel also concluded that the Legislature needs to change the obscure rule that allowed this conflict of interest. “We find this statute troubling and feel it has led to the appearance of impropriety and cast a shadow of suspicion and public criticism over the Kansas House,” the panel’s report said.
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