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MO House speaker announces formation of new investigative committee

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones R-MO is asking a group of lawmakers to take a closer look at allegations of various questionable schemes dealing with campaign contributions.

Jones announced Wednesday the creation of the House Oversight Committee on Public Officials and Government Accountability.

According to a news release, the group will investigate number of alleged improprieties and political shakedowns as outlined in a recent extensive investigative piece in the New York Times.

“As Missourians, we expect our elected officials to serve with honesty and integrity, and it is imperative that we hold them accountable when it appears they have betrayed the trust of those who elected them to office," said Rep. Jones. "I am confident the oversight committee can delve deeper into these issues so that the truth is revealed and we know once and for all whether the Attorney General's office was for sale. It is my expectation that the Attorney General Koster would work with the committee to make sure that his office is wholly transparent and accountable to the citizens of our state.”

Jones selected state Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, to chair the committee.

Other members include: Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, who will serve as vice-chair. Other members of the committee include: state Reps. Kevin Austin, R-Springfield; Kevin Engler, R-Farmington; Don Phillips, R-Kimberling City; Shawn Roads, R-West Plains; Chris Kelly, D-Columbia; Stephen Webber, D-Columbia; Mike Colona, D-St. Louis; and Kevin McManus, D-Kansas City.

Jones said he expects the committee to begin its work in the near future.

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