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Gov. Nixon Staffers Fight Mo. House Subpoenas

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Photo: Getty/Taylor Hill

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Members of Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration are fighting subpoenas to testify before a Missouri House panel investigating state driver’s license procedures.

Nixon’s staff members did not comply with subpoenas to appear Thursday before the committee.

Instead, a Nixon administration attorney filed court documents seeking to shield them from the subpoenas. The attorney argued the subpoenas impose an unreasonable burden by providing too little notice and taking the employees away from important work. He also asserted there was no legal authority for the subpoenas.

A Cole County circuit judge made no immediate ruling on the subpoenas.

The committee is looking into whether state officials tried to implement provisions of the Real ID Act, despite a state law forbidding compliance with the federal proof-of-identity law.

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