By Ashley Yarchin
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - It's been dubbed a violation of the public's trust. Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones Monday expanded efforts to investigate what's being called a Department of Revenue scandal, in which Social Security Administration agents were able to get a list of the state's concealed-carry permit holders to be cross-checked with a list of those claiming mental disability for Social Security benefits.
An investigative committee has been named to look into the matter. So far six men from across the state are now part of what's known as the Bipartisan Investigative Committee on Privacy Protection. Each has a background in law enforcement, and one of them is Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer.
He believes he was chosen because he can have an unbiased view on what may or may not have happened. Either way, he argues that the federal government has all of this information already. The question is just whether local, state or federal laws were broken in disseminating the concealed-carry permit holders' information.
NewsChannel 5 asked if he, like some others, blame Governor Jay Nixon's administration.
"I think this was done at a lower level and the Nixon administration was blamed for it simply because he's the person in that seat," he explained. "But at this point in time, unless I'm given proof to convince me otherwise, I think this would have taken place no matter who the governor was and what side of the aisle he sits on or she sits on."
Governor Nixon released this statement in response to today's news: "With two weeks left in the legislative session, there is still a lot of important legislative work that needs to get done. I look forward to working with the General Assembly on the key issues affecting Missouri families: creating jobs, balancing the budget, and moving our economy forward."
More people may be asked to join the committee in the coming weeks.