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Former Mo. DOR Director Appears Before House Committee Investigating Scanning Controversy

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The final day of hearings into the Department of Revenue's now-defunct policy of scanning and storing documents of driver's license applicants featured the agency's former director answering questions under oath.

AlanaBarrigan-Scotttold the House Bipartisan Investigative Committee on Privacy Protection that during her tenure, the department sought to safeguard driver's licenses from fraud and were not trying to skirt a 2009 state law barring compliance with the federal Real ID Act.

"Isimply can't read the bill as prohibiting Missouri, the Missouri Dept. of Revenue, from pursuing security measures for any reason, regardless of where they come from," Barragan-Scott said.  "I simply can’t."

Committee member and Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver disagreed.

"To me, this issue is becoming less about Real ID and more about a government agency doing whatever the hell they wanted to do," Oliver said.

Barragan-Scott left the Department of Revenue shortly after scanning and storing of applicants' documents began in order to become an administrative law judge for Governor Jay Nixon (D).  He recently signed a bill into law that ended the policy.

Meanwhile, committee chairman Stanley Cox (R, Sedalia) says he may schedule one or two more hearings later this summer.

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St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!). He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.
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