Republican state representative Casey Guernsey of Bethany filed a Sunshine request with the governor’s office Wednesday afternoon related to the controversy surrounding the Department of Revenue. Guernsey and Speaker of the House Tim Jones are calling on Attorney General Chris Koster to launch an investigation.
Press release from Guernsey’s office:
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.