The House Judiciary Committee has held its final hearing on 3 impeachment filings against Governor Jay Nixon (D).
Committee Chairman, Representative Stanley Cox (R-Sedalia) says he will now poll his members to see whether they think those filings should come to a committee vote.
Cox says he hasn’t decided for himself whether they should be voted on, but when asked whether the articles raise legitimate complaints, Cox says “Absolutely.”
“The allegations are serious, are matters that certainly concern failure of the governor to fulfill his responsibility and certainly raise that idea that they could rise to the level of further action,” says Cox.
Articles filed against Nixon accused him of violating the State Constitution’s definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman with his Executive Order directing the Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns filed by same-sex couples married in other states, by not disciplining anyone in his administration in relation to the scanning, retention, and sharing with the federal government of personal documents from Missouri drivers’ license and concealed carry permit applicants, and by not acting quickly enough in setting special election dates to fill vacant seats in the House and the Senate.
Cox says he will talk to his committee members right away because less than three weeks remain in the legislative session.