Kurt Schaefer

Government
10:05 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate

Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media

Legislation to redefine the relationship between liquor distributors, wholesalers and retailers has stalled in the Missouri Senate.

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Government
9:47 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Nixon Threatens Layoffs Over DMV Budget Squabble

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Courtesy of governor.mo.gov

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is threatening to lay off state workers unless Republican lawmakers fully fund the Missouri Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicles Division for a full fiscal year.

The warning comes one day after House and Senate budget negotiators agreed to only fund the state division for eight months, as a means of pressuring state Revenue officials to stop scanning and storing source documents of driver's license applicants.  Nixon, a Democrat,  says he'll treat the 8-month appropriation as a full year's funding if GOP leaders don’t reverse themselves.

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Government
9:14 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Federal Investigator Testifies About Receiving Conceal Carry List

(l-r) Soc. Security investigator Keith Schilb and Special Agent in Charge Troy Turk are sworn in at a Missouri Senate Appropriations hearing on May 1st, 2013.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The federal investigator who requested Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders testified under oath Wednesday before a State Senate committee.

Keith Schilb of the Social Security Administration's Inspector General's office told the Senate Appropriations Committee that part of his job is to seek and develop projects that could indicate whether there is enough evidence of fraud to warrant an investigation.  He says that’s how the inquiry into Missouri’s conceal carry database began.

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Government
9:23 am
Thu April 18, 2013

ATF Denies It Requested Missouri Conceal Carry List

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is denying claims that it took part in a joint request for Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders. 

State Senator Kurt Schaefer said Tuesday that while reviewing documents from the Department of Revenue they found an email request for the list as part of a, quote, “joint venture” between the Social Security Administration and the ATF. 

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Government
9:33 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Nixon: Scanning, Retaining Of Concealed Carry Documents To End

The Missouri Department of Revenue will cease scanning source documents for conceal-carry weapons applicants, also known as CCW’s.  This news comes a day after the resignation of now-former DOR Director Brian Long.

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Government
9:25 am
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF And Social Security Requested Missouri's Conceal Carry Weapons List

Mo. Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) holds a press conference in his office on Apr. 16, 2013, where he states that ATF took part in the request for Missouri's CCW list. To Schaefer's right is Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R).
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says the Department of Revenue (DOR) has continued to withhold information from his legislative committee about the list of conceal carry weapons (CCW) holders that the agency compiled for the federal government.

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Government
10:14 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Mo. Senate Members Grill Public Safety Officials Over Release Of Citizen Conceal-Carry List

(l-r) Mo. Dept. of Public Safety Deputy Dir. Andrea Spillars and Mo. State Hwy. Patrol Col. Ron Replogle answers questions from Mo. Senate budget writers.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Budget writers in the Missouri Senate turned their attention Thursday to the Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety as they continue to question why the state’s list of conceal-carry weapons holders was given to the federal government.

Colonel Ron Replogle testified that the Patrol received a request for the list in November of 2011 from the Social Security Administration, which was conducting a fraud investigation.

“And our employees felt this was a legitimate criminal investigation, so therefore they released the information," Replogle said.

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Government
10:24 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Missouri Senate Holds Up Revenue Department Budget

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The Missouri Senate is threatening to delay passing the budget for the Department of Revenue over the state agency’s scanning of source documents for driver’s licenses, conceal-carry endorsements and other permits. 

Earlier this week, the Senate Appropriations Committee issued a subpoena ordering Revenue officials to hand over all documentation related to the practice, in order to determine if the agency is sharing information with the federal government or a third-party entity. 

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Government
9:31 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Airplane Questions Hold Up Nixon’s Pick

An example of a King Air 250 airplane -- the same type of aircraft purchased by the Missouri Highway Patrol in December.
Hawker Beechcraft

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s choice to head up his Office of Administration will have to wait a bit longer before permanently taking over. 

Acting Director Doug Nelson’s confirmation is being delayed in the Missouri Senate after news broke that the State Highway Patrol spent more than $5.5 million dollars on a new airplane, which has been designated for use by Governor Jay Nixon and other statewide officials. 

Republican Kurt Schaefer, who sponsored Nelson’s nomination, first wants to know who made

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