- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill that included provisions prompted by a multi-million dollar tax dispute with pizza magnate Gene Bicknell.

The Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/1rU9Yp5 ) reports that the bill that Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed on Tuesday was designed to help taxpayers challenge rulings of the Board of Tax Appeals. Under the ruling, taxpayers would be allowed to appeal decisions from the governor-appointed board to district court, where they could present new evidence.

Bicknell supported the measure. He once owned the largest number of Pizza Hut franchises in the nation.

The bill would not directly affect Bicknell’s tax dispute either way because it is currently being reviewed by the Kansas Supreme Court. Tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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