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Most of tardy Kan. lawmaker's claim is rejected

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas legislative committee has rejected most of a state senator's request for pay for a meeting he nearly missed by arriving late.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1ehftVw ) Kansas City Democrat David Haley appealed to the joint claims committee after failing to receive $291 for his salary, expense allowance and mileage for a December 2012 meeting of another panel.

The claims committee said Monday that Haley should receive only $73 for mileage.

Haley's claim was for a session of the joint health care oversight committee. Haley arrived shortly before it ended. Committee Chairwoman and Topeka Republican Sen. Vicki Schmidt took the unusual step of blocking Haley's compensation.

Lawmakers aren't supposed to be paid without attending at least half a meeting, but Haley noted that the committee shortened its session unexpectedly.