The Missouri Ethics Committee has met again – this time over a new complaint.

Rep. Rick Francis told Missourinet the complaint is against the former chair.

The former chair of the House Ethics Committee is Rep. Hannah Kelly, R-Mountain Grove. Kelly recused herself as chair in the complaint. House Speaker Dean Plocher recused himself in the complaint.

Speaker Pro Tem Mike Henderson, R-Bonne Terre, appointed Francis as chair and Rep. Mike McGirl, R-Potosi, to temporarily serve on the committee.

Francis said that the group of lawmakers has already completed its work. After meeting behind closed doors for about two hours Monday, Francis said the panel has made a decision.

“We have a conclusion, or a finding. But we’re not comfortable until we talk to the respondent in regards to our findings. Once I have spoken to her, it will be released to the (House) journal. And then at that time, it’ll be open to the public,” Francis told Missourinet after the meeting finished.

Francis, R-Perryville, said he plans to speak to her Tuesday.

He said the ten-person committee has issued a unanimous decision.

In a previous complaint under Kelly’s chairmanship, Plocher, R-Des Peres, was accused of being paid twice for travel reimbursements and for his pursuit for the House to sign an $800,000 contract with a software company he had connections to.

While Plocher, who is running for Secretary of State, said he was “exonerated,” Kelly said her colleagues “turned a blind eye to Plocker’s obstruction, intimidation, and retaliation” uncovered during the committee’s investigation.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect that Plocher did not remove Kelly from the committee. This story was updated to further clarify that Francis did not use Kelly’s name – only “the former chair.”

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