Governor's Travel
1:15 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Mo. House wants details of gov. travel put online

Missouri House members have voted without dissent to require information about the governor's travel to be posted on a state website.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers have criticized Gov. Jay Nixon's travel this year. The Associated Press first reported in 2009 that Nixon was charging state agencies for his flights instead of paying for them with his office's budget. Lawmakers have pledged to bar Nixon from continuing that practice.

House members on Wednesday voted to require travel destinations, times and dates to be posted to the Missouri Accountability Portal.

The purpose of trips, passengers accompanying the governor and travel expenses also would be posted.

Nixon has defended his travel. He also says it is appropriate and efficient to bill departments, especially when the travel involves issues they oversee.