A new Missouri House committee will look into allegations of a hostile work environment in the Department of Agriculture.
House Speaker Tim Jones said Tuesday he is "deeply concerned" about the allegations against former Agriculture Director Jon Hagler. He says the new investigatory committee will be led by Rep. Casey Guernsey, a Republican from Bethany.
Missouri's Republican House leader wants a legislative hearing on allegations of a hostile workplace in parts of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.
House Speaker Tim Jones said Friday that he has asked the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee to convene a hearing on the issue. That comes after former employees in the departments of agriculture and labor recently went public with assertions of intimidation and discrimination by former department directors.
Gov. Jay Nixon has replaced the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Nixon announced Friday that department director Jon Hagler had been replaced effective immediately.
The governor's announcement offered no explanation. But the change comes one day after the department's associate director for meat and poultry inspection distributed a letter saying she was resigning because of a hostile and disrespectful work environment.
Spokespeople for Nixon and the Agriculture Department did not return messages seeking further comment Friday.
Missouri gas stations will not be selling E-15 anytime soon.
A joint House-Senate committee voted Wednesday to reject a rule change sought by the State Agriculture Department that would have allowed sales of fuel containing 15 percent ethanol. Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County chairs the committee and said its vote had nothing to do with its opinion on increasing ethanol use in Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced an expansion of a quarantine area on pine products to Adair and Clark counties. The quarantine prohibits the distribution of pine products as an attempt to reduce the spread of the Pine Shoot Beetles.