Missouri bill would undo law on where attorney general lives

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri lawmakers are trying to strip residency requirements for the state’s attorney general.

Lawmakers on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill to change a state law dictating that Missouri’s top attorney live in the “seat of government.”

That’s been interpreted by some to mean the capital, Jefferson City.

The issue came up when U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley served as attorney general before his November election to the Senate.

Democrats in 2017 said that Hawley was violating the law by living in nearby Columbia. He responded by renting an apartment in Jefferson City.

Current Attorney General Eric Schmitt moved to Jefferson City after being appointed to replace Hawley.

The measure needs another House vote to go to the Senate.

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