Audit: Missouri Dept. of Revenue Broke the Law on Scanning
September 9, 2013

(AP) – Missouri officials violated state law by requiring driver’s license clerks to make electronic copies of applicants’ birth certificates and other personal documents, state Auditor Tom Schweich said Monday.

An analysis by Schweich’s office concluded that the Department of Revenue broke state law by implementing the driver’s license policy last December without first publishing a formal rule change.

But had the agency issued a rule about the document scanning, it then would have violated a different state law prohibiting it from taking steps to implement a 2005 federal proof-of-identity law known as the Real ID Act, Schweich said.

“Either way, a violation of state law occurred,” Schweich, a Republican, wrote in an analysis addressed to legislators and the director of the Department of Revenue.

Fifteen Republican state senators asked Schweich in April to examine the issue. The document-scanning policy was halted in July as a result of a bill passed by the Republican-led Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

Lawmakers had asserted that the document-scanning policy implemented by Nixon’s administration amounted to an invasion of privacy. But Revenue Department officials who oversee state licensing offices had defended it as a means of guarding against identity fraud.

Under the December policy change, clerks scanned into a state computer database people’s birth certificates, concealed gun permits and other documents that could be used to prove their addresses, such as bank statements and utility bills.

Jones Calls for Another Panel on DOR Scanning Controversy
May 6, 2013

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has launched another panel to investigate how concealed carry information got into federal investigators hands from the Missouri Department of Revenue.
Other lawmakers have been conducting hearing into the same issue this spring.
“The public’s trust in our government has been harmed by this violation of their privacy, and the only way to begin to repair the damage done is to determine the extent of the scandal, find those responsible, and make sure they are held accountable,” said Jones in a news release.
Personal confidential information about applicants for concealed carry permits in Misssouri ended up in the hands of federal Social Security investigators.
One of the investigators told a Senate Committee looking at the issue they were unable able to read the data on the discs they received.
Jones named several people to the panel today.
They include Stoddard County Prosecutor Ross Oliver.
Oliver acted as the private attorney for a Stoddard County man who triggered the controversy.
The man refused to permit employees at a state fee office to scan in his personal information.
He was refused the application that had already been approved by the local sheriff’s office.
Others named to the panel include:
· Mr. Omar Davis, former General Counsel and Director of the Department of Revenue
· Sheriff Glen Bayer of Jefferson County
· Mr. Gary Fuhr, former State Representative and retired FBI agent
· The Honorable Mike Fusselman, prosecutor for Randolph County

Jones says others may be added later.

House Passes Plan to Have Missouri Sheriffs Handle All Concealed Weapons Permit Apps
May 1, 2013

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(AP) The Missouri House has passed a bill that would allow county sheriffs to issue concealed weapons permits instead of the Revenue Department.
Missouri sheriffs already have the responsibility of receiving concealed-carry applications, reviewing applicants’ backgrounds and issuing paper permits. But under current law, recipients take the paper permits to a local licensing office overseen by the Department of Revenue to receive a photo ID card noting their concealed-carry status.
Republican lawmakers want to allow sheriffs to print the permits after learning the Revenue Department compiled a list of concealed weapons permit holders to share with a federal agent at the Social Security Administration.
The measure passed 123-34 Monday. It would also allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in schools buildings. It now heads to the Senate.

Schaefer to Hold Public Hearings in Missouri on DOR Scanning Dispute
April 10, 2013

(AP) – A Republican state senator plans to hold hearings across Missouri to get public reaction to a new driver’s license process that stores electronic copies of applicants’ birth certificates and concealed gun permits in a state database.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer claims the procedures by the Department of Revenue are an invasion of privacy. During a hearing Wednesday, Schaefer aggressively quizzed department officials about whether they are trying to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, which sets stringent proof-of-identity requirements.
Department officials insisted they are not. They noted that a 2009 state law prohibits compliance with Real ID.
Schaefer wants to hold public hearings across the state on the procedure. He says he won’t give the driver’s license administration any money until it can prove it’s worthy.