The Missouri House Ethics Committee has concluded its latest meeting at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. The closed-door meeting that was over a ‘personnel inquiry’ and a ‘house ethics complaint’ lasted nearly 5 hours.

This time, the committee kicked off with House Speaker Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres, as he was joined by his attorneys.

Plocher spoke at the podium before a bipartisan group of lawmakers. After an hour and a half of speaking before the committee, Plocher exited out a side door and refused to answer questions from the media.

Other people to testify before the committee include Rep. Dale Wright, R-Farmington, and Rep. Chris Sander, R-Lone Jack.

The nature of the meeting is known only to those in the room as they are confidential.

Committee Chairwoman Hannah Kelly, R-Mountain Grove, has not been able to provide the details citing a House rule, which says that the complaint shall be confidential. She has repeatedly said that the committee members will make sure that due process is given properly.

“We have a job to do. The ethics of the House will be maintained and upheld, and I am chairman and I’m committed to that responsibility along with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in what is a bipartisan evenly split committee,” she told media after the meeting concluded. “We will get the job done with the good Lord’s help and some hard work and I do believe tonight’s cold pizza and late night is proof of that.”

The committee has been holding closed meetings on the matter since late October.

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