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House votes to remove residency requirement for attorney general


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s top law official would no longer be required to live in Jefferson City, under a proposal endorsed by the House.

In a 135-17 vote, the chamber sent HB 769 to the Senate. Rep. Robert Ross’ bill eliminates the requirement the Missouri Attorney General reside in the “seat of government.”

“I think this takes care of an issue that got a lot of controversy a few years ago,” said Rep. Donna Pfautsch. “No other statewide office holder is required to live in Jefferson City.”

The residence controversy came up when then-Attorney General Josh Hawley opted to remain in his home in Columbia. After allegations he was violating the law, Hawley rented an apartment in Jefferson City.  

The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration.