Kansas Supreme Court Declines to Hear Heartland Park Case

The Kansas Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal of a case addressing the validity of a petition drive seeking a public vote on Topeka’s proposed purchase of Heartland Park Topeka.

The court on Wednesday denied Chris Imming’s petition seeking a review of a Kansas appeals court decision that went against the Topeka resident, who led the petition drive.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Imming, the city and Jayhawk Racing have tried to get the Kansas Supreme Court to hear the case, even though Topeka’s city council voted May 5 not to buy Heartland Park.

Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks ruled last November that Imming’s petition was invalid because initiative petitions can’t be filed against administrative ordinances, and in March the Kansas Court of Appeals agreed.