Missouri House panel mulls impeaching governor

Apr 23, 2014

Governor Jay Nixon speaks at the Missouri State Fair in August, 2013. Nixon has called the impeach hearings "some sort of show."
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A Republican-led Missouri House committee is holding a hearing on multiple measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

The hearing on three separate impeachment resolutions includes one citing Nixon's decision to allow same-sex couples who married legally in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri. Another measure is critical of the amount of time the governor took to call special elections to fill legislative vacancies.

The final measure under consideration by the Judiciary Committee would impeach Nixon for his refusal to fire officials involved with the Revenue Department's decision last year to scan driver's license applicants' personal documents into a computer system.

Committee chairman Stanley Cox, of Sedalia, said the panel will not vote on the measures Wednesday.

Nixon has called the hearings "some sort of show."