“Kobach can pay contempt costs with state money, after lawmakers drop ban”

KC Star:

Kansas lawmakers have abandoned an effort to force Secretary of State Kris Kobach to pay out of his own pocket the costs of being held in contempt of court.

The decision ended a looming showdown between Kobach and the Legislature over who is on the hook financially. Kobach was dressed down by a federal judge during a civil trial over voter rights and ordered to pay attorney fees for the plaintiffs in the case.

The Legislature’s decision to drop the effort means Kobach will be able to use state money to pay any fines stemming from being found in contempt.

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