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Senators Thwart Vote on Economic Development Director

Date: February 1, 2012
By: Matt Evans
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri Senators thwart the vote on the Governor's choice to head the Department of Economic Development.
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Wrap: The Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee refused to vote on Governor Jay Nixon's choice to lead the Department of Economic Development, Jason Hall.

Hall's appointment runs out Friday - and is banned from the position for life - if he's not confirmed by the Senate or the Governor withdraws his nomination.

Republican Rob Mayer chairs the appointments committee and says he doesn't plan to vote unless a compromise with the Governor is reached.

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Description: "The Governor still has the opportunity to come and speak and make his case."

Mayer says the Senators on the committee are concerned about Hall's lack of experience.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans.

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Missouri Senators say the the Director of the Department of Economic Development will be banned for life from the position if a deal isn't met with the Governor.
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Wrap: After refusing to vote on Governor Jay Nixon's choice to lead the Department of Economic Development, the chair of the Senate Gubernatorial Appointment Committee says there's still concerns about the experience of Jason Hall.

But the President of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Dan Mehan, says Hall is qualified.

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Description: "He's intelligent, he knows economic development, and he knows how to consummate a deal."

If the Governor doesn't withdraw Hall's nomination or strike a deal with the Senators by Friday, Hall will be banned for life from the position.

Governor Nixon's office issued a statement that says Jason Hall is highly qualified, but did not address demands for the Governor to talk with legislators.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans.

 

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Missouri Senators and Governor Jay Nixon have until Friday to work out a deal involving the Department of Economic Development Director.
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Wrap: The Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee refused to vote on the Governor's choice to head the Department of Economic Development.

Jason Hall's appointment runs out Friday - and will be banned from the position - if he's not confirmed by the Senate or Governor Nixon withdraws his nomination.

Republican Rob Mayer chairs the appointments committee and says the Governor hasn't talked to the Senate about the nomination - and Senators are concerned about Hall's work history.

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Description: "Many of the Senators feel that he lacks experience. He has very little experience in private industry or business."

Governor Nixon's office issued a statement that says Jason Hall is highly qualified, but did not address demands for the Governor to talk with lawmakers.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans.


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