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Sen. Dan Kapanke says he'll need time to pay back taxpayers for settling a public records lawsuit

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State Senate Republican Dan Kapanke says he'll need time to pay back the $38,000 he owes taxpayers for settling a public records' lawsuit.


The La Crosse lawmaker says he's refinancing some personal property and he promises to start paying the state later this year.

Kapanke was sued because his office was late in providing records to the State Democratic Party.

An aide eventually found those records in a personal e-mail account.

For now, taxpayers are covering the Democrats' legal bills in bringing the suit, plus $100 in damages.

Democratic attorney Michael Maistelman was paid in full last week.

The party said Kapanke should pay the settlement with his own money and he agreed.

Kapanke is running for the Third District U.S. House seat next year against incumbent Democrat Ron Kind.