Complaint Against Rep. Pauls Dismissed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against a conservative Democratic House member.

The commission concluded Wednesday that Rep. Jan Pauls of Hutchinson didn’t intend to violate the law when she failed to list a rental property she owns on annual financial disclosure forms.

Pauls filed a new form with the secretary of state’s office in July after questions were raised. She said she and her husband lost money on the duplex they rented out.

The complaint against Pauls was filed by the chairman of a Kansas Democratic Party caucus that advocates for gays and lesbians.

Gay rights supporters have targeted Pauls because of her strong backing of legislation that critics say would nullify local anti-discrimination ordinances helping gays and lesbians.