Kansas House committee delays review of Democrat’s remarks

Rep. Valendia Winn
Rep. Valendia Winn (courtesy kslegislature.org)

TOPEKA, Kansas¬†(AP) – A Kansas House committee has delayed its investigation of a Democratic lawmaker who labeled as “racist bigots” supporters of a bill ending college tuition breaks for students living in the U.S. illegally.

The investigating committee canceled a meeting scheduled for Thursday on a complaint against Rep. Valdenia Winn of Kansas City.

Chairwoman and Republican Rep. Erin Davis of Olathe said a committee member had a family emergency. The meeting has not been rescheduled.

The complaint against Winn was filed by nine GOP lawmakers over Winn’s comments during a House Education Committee debate in March.

The lawmakers who complained said Winn’s remarks were inflammatory and represented a personal attack.

But Winn attorney Pedro Irigonegaray said Monday that she was exercising her free speech rights.

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