The long shot effort to remove Gov. Jay Nixon from office will get underway on Wednesday, when a state House committee will hold a hearing on three articles of impeachment.
While the chances that Nixon will actually be impeached are minuscule, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Stanley Cox had said a hearing would be conducted ifthe sponsors of the articles of impeachment requested one
Republican lawmakers have raised three complaints against the Democratic governor they believe rise to the level of misconduct and neglect of duty that warrant impeachment.
Rep. Nick Marshall, a Parkville Republican, is seeking to impeach Nixon overan executive order directing state tax officials to accept joint returns
from same-sex couples who married legally in other states.
Rep. Mike Moon, an Ash Grove Republican, asserts the governor should be impeached fornot moving fast enough to call special elections
for vacant legislative seats. Those elections have since been scheduled.
Rep. Rick Brattin, a Harrisonville Republican, believes impeachment is called for becausethere was insufficient punishment of officials
involved in a dispute over the handling of concealed gun permits last year.
Nixon’s office has dismissed the push for impeachment as “a publicity stunt.”