Kansas gets $67.5 million in tobacco settlement money

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.

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.