Mo. Speaker Jones Vows More Subpoenas For Revenue Department
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Subpoenas have expired that would have forced some of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s staffers to testify about copying Missourians’ personal documents when applying for driver’s licenses.
Still, Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones says that does not mean the controversy is going away.
“This time we’re going to go ahead and obtain new dates from them,” he said. “We will publish that to the world and then if they choose not to appear at those future, mutually agreed upon dates, we will then reserve the right to reissue subpoenas for their appearance.”
House Chairman Stanley Cox says he has set aside July 23 and 24 for testimony.
“I do insist that they come and appear but hopefully I will hear from them in the next couple days that they will voluntarily appear,” he said.
“Hopefully they won’t be too busy to appear this time,” Jones added. “Their primary objection, if you read all their briefs, was that they were too busy dealing with business related to the governor’s office.”
The Department of Revenue scandal began in March when KMOX reported allegations by Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. Kinder argued at the time that the Missouri Department of Revenue was illegally sharing information on concealed gun permit applicants with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
A month later, it was revealed in Missouri Senate testimony that the Missouri State Highway Patrol had twice handed over to federal officials information regarding concealed carry permits in the state.
Less than a week later, Revenue Director Brian Long announced his resignation.
Governor Nixon signed a law last week that bans Missouri Department of Revenue workers from copying people’s personal documents.