Gay caucus leader criticizes Kan. House Democrat

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The leader of the Kansas Democratic Party's gay caucus says a complaint he filed against a veteran Kansas House Democrat raises a legitimate question about whether she broke state ethics laws.

But caucus chairman Ryon Carey also said Thursday that Rep. Jan Pauls of Hutchinson has a bad voting record that puts her more in line with Republicans.

Carey's complaint says Pauls failed to publicly disclose her ownership of a rental property. The Governmental Ethics Commission plans a hearing Oct. 24.

Gay rights advocates want to oust Pauls because of her conservative votes on social issues. She sees Carey's complaint as part of that effort.

She also says she didn't think she had to disclose her ownership in the rental property because it didn't produce any income.

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