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“…Okay, that’s plain language. Live in Jefferson City, keep your main office in the Supreme Court building, get paid for the job, and no moonlighting…”

Not according to Josh Hawley (r). The live in Jefferson City part, that is.

Questions raised about where new Missouri attorney general is living
By Kurt Erickson St. Louis Post-Dispatch
JEFFERSON CITY • In one of his first acts as Missouri’s new attorney general, Republican Josh Hawley decided he doesn’t have to live in the capital city.[….]

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

A bill introduced today:

HB 797  
Changes the law regarding the residency requirement for the attorney general
Sponsor: Marshall, Nick (013)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 1641H.01I
Last Action: 01/31/2017 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HB 797
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: HOUSE BILLS FOR SECOND READING
[….]

The bill text:

FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 797 [pdf]
99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MARSHALL.
1641H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal section 27.010, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the attorney general.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 27.010, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu 2thereof, to be known as section 27.010, to read as follows:
27.010. The attorney general for the state of Missouri shall be elected at each general election at which a governor and other state officers are elected, and his term shall begin at 12:00 noon on the second Monday in January next succeeding his election, and shall continue for four years, or until his successor is elected and qualified. The attorney general shall [reside at the seat of government and] keep his office in the supreme court building, and receive an annual salary of sixty-five thousand dollars plus any salary adjustment provided pursuant to section 105.005, payable out of the state treasury. The salary shall constitute the total compensation for all duties to be performed by him and there shall be no further payments made to or accepted by him for the performance of any duty now required of him under any existing law. The attorney general shall devote his full time to his office, and, except in the performance of his official duties, shall not engage in the practice of law.

It would appear that Representative Marshall (r) has a different opinion about the meaning of the current statute than the Attorney General. Fancy that.

Previously:

Attorney General Josh Hawley (r): the pepul of Misoori our stoopit (January 23, 2017)

Already looking for another job, eh? (January 28, 2017)