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Missouri speaker says committee is investigating governor's office


A committee is formed to investigate possible wrongdoing by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's administration.

The committee is formed under the direction of Speaker of the House Tim Jones, who spoke with us Tuesday afternoon.

Speaker Jones says someone in Nixon's administration instructed the revenue department to scan, collect, and distribute information from people applying for driver's licenses.

Jones believes this is an invasion of privacy and the newly formed bipartisan investigative group will get to the bottom of it.

According to Jones, the names of some 163,000 people with a conceal carry permit were readily available to outside agencies, including the federal government.

Some members of the federal government want states to issue what's called "real id's", a national identification card.

But Missouri lawmakers passed a bill in 2009 that went against the real id, saying passports were sufficient enough.

Speaker Jones says preliminary investigations have found the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, sent a letter to Nixon thanking him for complying with "real id" efforts.

We asked Governor Nixon about this investigation.

"I think we need to focus on what legislation needs to get done these last two weeks," says Governor Nixon.  "We've got a budget that needs to get done this week.  Next week we've got the last week of the session.  The legislature has spent a lot of time talking about this sort of stuff, and they're certainly entitled to talk about it but, we need to get the budget done."

"Because the governor has failed to appropriately respond to this, he gives inconsistent answers, he gives fumbling statements when asked by reporters, he has not put this scandal to rest, it simply continues," says Speaker Jones.

Missouri law only requires DMV workers to review certain documents, not collect and scan them.

Speaker Jones says Nixon has fallen short of saying no documents will no longer be scanned.

The bi-partisan investigative group will have the power to issue subpoenas.

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