GOP legislatures say Senator J.B. "Jet" Banks is hurting government credibility after he admitted he filed a false tax return. Kristin Marinec has that story from Jefferson City.

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Some lawmakers say Banks' guilty plea gives government officials a bad reputation.

Republican Senator Dave Klarich says Banks' should step down from office for admitting to the crime.

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Contents: Senator Dave Klarich says Senator "Jet" Banks casts a terrible shadow on the General Assembly and the quality of professionalism in it.

Banks will lose his Senate seat if and when a sentence is imposed.

Banks declined to comment on the allegations. Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Kristin Marinec.


Some Republican Lawmakers Want Banks to Resign
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Some Republican Lawmakers Want Banks to Resign

September 21, 1999
By: Kristin Marinec
State Capital Bureau

GOP legislatures say Senator J.B. "Jet" Banks should step down from office after pleading guilty to a felony. Kristin Marinec has that story from Jefferson City.

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Banks' guilty plea is drawing criticism from some Republican lawmakers. Today he says he takes sole responsibility for pleading guilty to filing a false tax return.

Republican House Leader Delbert Scott says no elected official is above the law.

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Contents: Republican House Leader Delbert Scott says the message that goes out to the public is that lawmakers are a bunch of crooks--but there are many honest members of the General Assembly.

Banks declined to comment on the allegations. Once a sentence is imposed, Banks will lose his Senate seat.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Kristin Marinec.