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Mo. House Committee Wants More Info On License Fee Office Bids

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A St. Louis County lawmaker wants more cooperation from the Nixon Administration as her committee looks into the way contracts for license fee offices are awarded.

State Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) chairs the House Interim Committee on Government Bidding and Contracting.  She says the legislative liaison sent by the Department of Revenue (DOR) to her committee hearing this week was unable to answer her questions.

“We started asking questions, and he could not answer," Allen said.  "He came with a prepared statement…he couldn’t, or didn’t, go any further than that.”

Allen then sent a letter to DOR Director Alana Barragan-Scott, stating that her committee would issue subpoenas if the state agency didn’t cooperate.  This afternoon, Allen says DOR contacted her and promised to send someone more qualified to answer questions about the license fee office process to the committee’s next meeting in November.

The Governor’s office and DOR officials have so far not responded to requests for a comment. 

Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.