On Monday, April 22, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones held a press conference in La Plata to discuss efforts to uncover the extent of the scandal involving the Department of Revenue's storage and sharing of private information about Missourians, including the recent news that a complete list of concealed carry permit holders was shared with the Obama Administration.
"This is a serious violation of Missourians' trust and of the laws which we put in place to protect private information from being stored and shared by state agencies. This information – especially concealed carry paperwork and sensitive items like birth certificate copies and Social Security numbers – has a tremendous potential for misuse, and this is why our laws explicitly forbid the Department of Revenue from maintaining a database with this information or making any attempt to comply with REAL ID. My top priority is to find out the extent of the scandal, determine who is responsible for the decisions to go around state law to comply with REAL ID and to share concealed carry information with the Obama Administration, and hold them accountable. The conflicting reports from various state bureaucrats weaken the public's trust in state government. That is why I have called upon Attorney General Chris Koster to appoint an independent investigative committee to look into this scandal just like Jay Nixon did back in 2007," said Jones.
Jones was first elected to the House in November 2006 and was unanimously elected as Speaker in September 2012. Speaker Jones serves as the State Representative for the 110th District, which includes portions of Franklin and St. Louis Counties. Jones is an attorney at a Chesterfield law firm and currently resides in Eureka with his wife, Suzanne, and two daughters.