Brownback had the gathering Monday evening, amid ongoing questions about other events with lawmakers in January. He allowed an Associated Press reporter and photographer to observe.
The governor said afterward that the meeting was typical of the ones he’s had previously. He had seven meetings at the residence in January with fellow Republicans on 13 legislative committees, and the Shawnee County district attorney is investigating whether they violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Monday night’s group was bipartisan. In remarks after dinner, Brownback mentioned a range of issues, including taxes, education funding and water policy. Lawmakers asked a few questions.