House speaker fills vacancy on Kansas ethics commission

TOPEKA, Kan. _ House Speaker Melvin Neufeld has filled a vacancy on the state Governmental Ethics Commission.

Neufeld's appointee is Tecumseh resident John Reimer, a retired employee of a state agency that provides supplemental medical malpractice coverage for Kansas doctors. Reimer served in the House in 1977-81, as a Republican then from Parsons.

The position has been vacant since 2003. State law limits who can serve on the commission, which enforces ethics, lobbying and campaign finance laws, so that people who are active as lobbyists or in politics and state government aren't members.