Missouri lawmakers back repeal of attorney general residency


Legislators filter into the chamber of the Missouri House of Representatives, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Wednesday was the opening day of the 101st General Assembly. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Legislature has voted to abolish a residency requirement that caused headaches for U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley when he served as state attorney general.

Missouri law currently says the attorney general must “reside at the seat of government.” That has traditionally been interpreted to mean living in Jefferson City or its home of Cole County.

Hawley lived in neighboring Boone County and commuted to the capital when he took office as attorney general in 2017. After Democrats complained he was violating the law, Hawley rented an apartment in Jefferson City.

The House voted Thursday to send a bill repealing the residency requirement to Gov. Mike Parson.

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