House speaker criticizes governor for not condemning white powder letters


House Speaker Dan Hawkins on Friday criticized Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly for not addressing the white-powder-filled envelopes that were sent to lawmakers last month, leaving the statehouse jittery.

Hawkins went public with what many Republicans have been talking about privately after about 100 lawmakers received the letters last month filled with white powder that was not shown to be toxic.

Hawkins criticized the governor toward the end of Friday's State Finance Council meeting, where the governor and leading lawmakers approved up to $170,000 in extra spending to cover the cost of state hazmat units responding to . . .


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