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Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced last month that Panasonic had chosen De Soto as the location of its newest battery plant. The announcement appeared to end months of secrecy from Kelly’s administration and the Kansas Legislature.
State officials and lawmakers signed nondisclosure agreements agreeing not to reveal Panasonic’s plans as the Legislature approved the state’s largest economic incentive program to lure the Japanese electronics company.
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Nondisclosure agreements bar Kansas lawmakers from publicly discussing details of the l argest economic development deal in state history until 2024, according to records obtained by The Star. Some details will remain secret indefinitely. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced last month that Panasonic had chosen De Soto as the location of its newest battery plant.