TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gov. Sam Brownback announced Feb. 23 that the state has negotiated an agreement with the Kickapoo Tribe to improve accounting for cigarettes and tobacco products sold on tribal lands.


“Thanks to the spirit of cooperation between tribal leaders and the state, we were able to work in close partnership to reach this agreement with the Kickapoo Tribe,” Brownback said.


Brownback and tribal leaders signed the agreement, which now goes before state Legislature. Schmidt urged the Legislature to move forward with approving the agreement.


“This compact, if approved by the legislature, will significantly improve cooperation between the tribe and the state to prevent the illicit shipment of untaxed and unaccounted-for cigarettes from other states for sale on qualified tribal lands in Kansas,” Schmidt said. “The compact will strengthening the state's ability to comply with the terms of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement that governs cigarette sales in our state.”


Schmidt’s news release noted that Kansas has reached similar agreements with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Missouri.


“Legislative approval this year can strengthen our ability to protect the continued flow of millions of dollars in annual tobacco settlement payments to the state treasury," Schmidt said.

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