Senator’s ties to firm draw scrutiny


State News

November 5, 2019 - 10:19 AM

LAWRENCE — Sen. Julia Lynn was in no mood to discuss potential conflicts of interest based on intersection of her role as Republican leader of the Senate Commerce Committee and her work for a Lenexa company that earned more than $13.3 million from state contracts since 2016.

At the same time, Lynn didn’t want to talk about her role in a private meeting during 2017 in which a major Kansas Department of Commerce data breach was discussed with Secretary Antonio Soave, agency attorney Bob North and one of Lynn’s executive colleagues at Allied Global Services, which was seeking contract work to help resolve the hacking scandal.

“I see where this is going,” Lynn said in the interview. “Do I need to get an attorney?”

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