Politics
5:40 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo. House chief ends subpoenas for gov's staff

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones.
Credit timwjones.com

Missouri's top House official has dropped an attempt to subpoena members of Gov. Jay Nixon's administration to testify before a committee he created.

House Speaker Tim Jones had subpoenaed five current Nixon staffers and his former Revenue Department director to testify about changes that were made in Missouri's procedures for issuing driver's licenses.

The six people all declined to appear as directed by the subpoenas last month, and a Cole County judge temporarily blocked the subpoenas from being enforced.

An attorney for Jones has filed court documents indicating that he has withdrawn the subpoenas and wants the court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the subpoenas.

A Nixon spokesman says the court is expected to dismiss the lawsuit.