State Wants Its Money Back From Former House Speaker Jim Black

The state gave former house speaker Jim Black $30,000 to help him respond to Federal subpoenas. Now, the state wants that money back. A letter making the request was signed by Chief Deputy Attorney General Grayson Kelley and released Tuesday. Kelley asks Black to return the money, quote, "At your earliest convenience." The money was requested in October 2005 as Black and his staff were asked to provide information in Federal investigations of the video poker industry, lobbying activities by some of his political associates and other matters. The letter says Black agreed to pay back the state if he was convicted or pleaded guilty to any criminal charge. Black pleaded guilty to a Federal charge on February 15. Last week, he agreed not to contest a state charge.