House Speaker Tim Jones has announced the formation of a new investigative committee that will look into the Nixon Administration’s handling of personal information from Missouri license and concealed carry permit applicants.
Jones says Governor Jay Nixon still has not acknowledged the importance of the issue.
“The public’s trust has been violated. We must get to the bottom of this scandal.”
Jones says he is organizing and forming the Bipartisan Investigative Committee on Privacy Protection. Its members so far are: County Prosecutors Russ Oliver (R) of Stoddard County and Mike Fusselman (R) of Randolph County, Sheriffs Stuart Miller (D) of Audrain County and Oliver “Glenn” Boyer (D) of Jefferson County, Former General Counsel and Director of the Department of Revenue Omar Davis, and former state representative and retired FBI agent Gary Fuhr (R). More members could be announced later.
Jones is directing the committee to issue a report by September 1 detailing its findings, whether any state laws or protocols were broken or ignored, and its suggestions for new laws or protocols to prevent similar incidents.
Jones also addressed the filing of the Sunshine Request by the Office of Administration into an attempt by someone in the House to access the list of concealed carry permit holders that had been made available online to a special agent with the Social Security Administration. Jones says that attempt was made as part of the House’s ongoing investigation, to make sure that web portal was no longer active.
(Video courtesy; Jonathan Lorenz, Missouri House Communications)