Missouri GOP Lawmakers Move to Impeach Democratic Governor

Image: Missouri GOP Lawmakers Move to Impeach Democratic Governor Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 08:02 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Missouri Republican lawmakers are proposing three separate impeachment resolutions against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, The Kansas City Star reported.

The main resolution relates to Nixon's executive order that permits single-sex couples legally married in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri. The governor said that because Missouri's tax code and the federal tax code are linked he had to allow joint filings.

Republican Rep. Nick Marshall said the order violates a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage that was approved by voters. "This is such a blatant and serious violation of Missouri's constitution and Missouri law that the governor should be removed from office," Marshall said.

Rep. Mike Moon filed a second impeachment resolution on the grounds that Nixon moved too slowly in calling for special elections to fill vacant legislative seats.

The third resolution was filed by Rep. Rick Brattin because Nixon did not immediately fire officials who released a roster of concealed-gun permit holders to the Social Security Administration which was investigating fraudulent disability claims, The Washington Post reported.

St. Louis Democrat Rep. Mike Colona told the Star, "This is just a disagreement over legal theory and legal philosophy. That shouldn't be an impeachable offense."

If the state House judiciary committee approves the impeachment resolutions when it reconvenes next Wednesday and the indictment then passes the House, a seven judge panel appointed by the Senate would hear the case, according to the Star.

Nixon's office called the impeachment resolutions a "publicity stunt," according to the Post. The Missouri House of Representatives and Senate are both controlled by Republicans.

The only statewide officeholder removed from office in Missouri was Secretary of State Judith Moriarty in 1994. She was charged with altering documents in order to make it possible for her son to run for office, the Post reported.

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