DHS gives Kansas legislators secret briefings on security

By KNSS Radio

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving Kansas legislators extraordinary private briefings about undisclosed security issues. 

Kansas House members boarded National Guard buses Tuesday for a briefing at a former Air Force base south of Topeka involving DHS and arranged by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office. 

Democrats had their briefing first, followed by Republicans, separately. Reporters and staff members were not allowed on the buses before they left the Statehouse. 

Deputy Attorney General Jay Scott Emler said in a letter to the Kansas House speaker that the briefings should be given to lawmakers in closed party caucuses.