A joint committee of the Missouri House and Senate has voted, along party lines, to hold a hearing to take testimony into the controversy surrounding a reported memo from a Department of Natural Resources meeting. That memo centers on accusations that DNR employees would be fired if they helped state lawmakers to deal with the budget crisis. It wasn’t long before Democrats on the panel began questioning the procedures and even the legalities involved in trying to obtain the information. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway sees nothing wrong with lawmakers trying to find out the truth, and believes it is the duty of legislators to get to the bottom of this.
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