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.