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Missouri House panel to discuss impeaching Gov. Jay Nixon

04/21/2014 2:15 PM

04/21/2014 2:15 PM

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 if

the 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 over

an 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 for

not 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 because

there 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.”

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