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AG Department Manhattan Move Scrutinized

Associated Press - February 10, 2014 6:26 am

Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman announced earlier this month the department was making the 56-mile move to be closer to Kansas State University, the future National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility and other ag-related entities.

Acting Kansas Agriculture Secretary Jackie McClaskey says the attorney general’s office vetted her department’s plans to move more than 100 employees to Manhattan from the state capital of Topeka.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that McClaskey faced questions about the move during a recent meeting of the Kansas House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

The department expects to move more than 100 of its 150 employees in Topeka to Manhattan by this summer so they’re close to Kansas State University and a new national biodefense lab.

Republican Rep. Don Schroeder of Hesston noted that state law requires the Department of Agriculture to be headquartered in Topeka.

McClaskey said the attorney general’s office told her the department is in compliance as long as it has a Topeka office.

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