Brownback monitoring Kansas scale issues

Sam Brownback
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback is monitoring efforts by the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s to increase the accuracy of heavy capacity scales.

The department’s efforts to regulate more than 4,000 large scales used to weigh scrap metal, recyclables, agricultural products and other goods has been criticized for lack of accuracy.

Brownback, a Republican and former state agriculture secretary, tells the Topeka Capital-Journal that a Kansas system that uses licensed private inspectors to certify scales, with follow-up inspections by state staff, may need some tweaks.

However, the governor says the result is better than when scales were examined only by state inspectors.

The governor helped develop the semi-privatized system when he was secretary from 1986 to 1993. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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