Most Active Stories
- Why rural Missouri is losing doctors
- Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations?
- Ameren blames EPA standards for coal plant closure, Nixon signs bill to allow less restrictions
- Contributing to the Mayibuye Archives in South Africa
- Why the health insurance marketplace could be called a success in Missouri
Thu January 24, 2013
Airplane concerns stalls Mo. cabinet nomination
Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee for a top administration post is stalled in Missouri's Senate over the purchase of a $5.6 million state plane.
Doug Nelson's appointment as commissioner of administration was held up Thursday while senators look into the Highway Patrol's purchase of a new King Air 250 plane.
Nelson, a longtime Nixon aide, approved the plane's purchase in December as acting administration commissioner, a post he's held since February 2012. He needs the Senate to confirm his nomination by Feb. 7 to stay in office.
Columbia Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer sponsored Nelson's appointment but held it up while he and other Republicans look into the plane's purchase. He said lawmakers should have been consulted before buying the plane.
The commissioner of administration oversees state purchases and manages contracts.