TOPEKA | Attorney General Steve Six says Kansas received more than $67.5 million in its annual payment from a 1998 tobacco settlement agreement.
Earlier this year, Six recovered $4.5 million in tobacco settlement funds previously withheld by tobacco companies. With the two payments, the attorney general's office has received over $72 million this year from the multistate settlement of lawsuits against major tobacco companies.
Also Monday, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill strengthening the enforcement of statutes dealing with the settlement to ensure continued payments.
Three major tobacco manufacturers account for the large majority of the annual payment.
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Only one, Philip Morris, made its latest payment in full. The other two, Reynolds American and Lorillard, each made partial payments and withheld additional funds, Six said.