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Senator McCaskill (D): Well, it would be hard not to follow it. The law is pretty clear. There’s never been an Attorney General in the history of our state that hasn’t lived in Jefferson City because the law says shall. He’s, listen, I’m a Mizzou educated lawyer, but I can keep up. [laughter] And I know what the word shall means in the law. Now I know he went to Yale, I think, or Harvard, one of those, one of those fancy ones. Um, I think they taught him the same thing, shall is shall. So if it’s shall then you must live in Jefferson City. And you are not legally entitled to vote somewhere other than where you live. Oh there’s a problem here.

Today was the first day to pre-file bills for the session of the Missouri General Assembly which starts in January 2018.

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

It appears that Attorney General (and republican U.S. Senate candidate) Josh Hawley (r) has a bill that may address his living arrangements in some fashion:

HB 1347  
Changes the law regarding the residency requirement for the attorney general
Sponsor: Shumake, Lindell (005)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2018
LR Number: 4373H.01I
Last Action: 12/01/2017 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 1347

We can’t wait to get a look at the bill text once it becomes available. We’ll keep checking.

Here’s the thing – if republicans have always believed this wasn’t an issue, then why file the bill?

They can’t have it both ways.


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

HB 797: no confidence in the legal opinion of Attorney General Josh Hawley (r) (January 31, 2017)

Josh Hawley (r): well, maybe (July 11, 2017)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – town hall in Warrensburg – Press Q and A – August 17, 2017 (August 17, 2017)

Josh Hawley (r): looking to unload that apartment in Jefferson City (October 10, 2017)