Guernsey Files Sunshine Request

| April 19, 2013
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Missouri Representative Casey Guernsey has filed a sunshine request to the Governor’s office.  The Bethany Republican has asked the Nixon Administration to produce documents related to the Department of Revenue’s recent practice of sending private information to outside entities.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk with Guernsey:

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Guernsey has requested information related to the Governor’s possible involvement in sharing private documents with the federal government.

Guernsey believes this may have been an attempt to comply with the federal government’s voluntary REAL ID Act of 2005.  He says Missouri legislators expressly opted out of participation in 2009.  The REAL ID act sets minimum security standards for issuing legal identification.

The sunshine request calls on Governor Nixon’s office to produce documents from November 1st through April 17th.

Press Release from the Office of Representative Casey Guernsey

Jefferson City, MO – The emerging scandal over Missouri citizens’ private records being breached has reached a new tipping point. Today, Rep. Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany) filed a sunshine request to the Governor’s Capitol office, of the Nixon Administration pursuant to RSMo 610. Under the law, the public is entitled to be privileged to information regarding the inner-workings of its government.

“In light of the growing controversy, the Governor’s continued dismissive nature regarding this serious breach of public trust, and the mounting intent for the House to act independently of the complacent Attorney General’s office, I felt it prudent to ensure House members have access to the complete scope of this illegal conduct,” said Rep. Guernsey. “It is increasingly clear that the Nixon Administration intends to stonewall the legislature and public which makes this request, however unfortunate, entirely necessary.” In addition to Guernsey’s request of the Governor’s administration he joins the Speaker of the House, Tim Jones in calling for the Attorney General, Chris Koster, to investigate the DOR scandal.

The request made today requires the Nixon Administration to produce documents within the timeframe of November 1, 2012 and April 17, 2013 related to the following:

a. the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Department of Revenue’s contracted License Fee Offices’ practice of scanning and retaining source documents for the purpose of issuing driver’s and nondriver’s licenses, concealed-carry weapons permits, and concealed-carry weapons endorsements on driver or non-driver licenses

b. the federal REAL ID Act of 2005

c. any request by any federal or state agency for information related to concealed-carry weapon permit or endorsement holders

d. the Department of Homeland Security

e. any bid, state contract or other relationship with MorphoTrust USA or its parent company Safran, including their registered lobbyists

f. any and all Department of Revenue discussions to promulgate administrative rules

Representative Casey Guernsey represents the 2nd House District consisting of Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, and Harrison Counties. He is the Chairman of the Missouri House of Representatives Agri-Business Committee. He also sits on the Rules, Budget, and Health Insurance Committee. He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Life Sciences and the Issue Development Standing Committee on Workers Freedom. Representative Guernsey has been a member of the Missouri House since 2008.

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