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Missouri Department of Revenue Director resigns amid driver's license controversy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Department of Revenue Director Brian Long has resigned amid a controversy over the agency's handling of concealed gun permit documents.

   Gov. Jay Nixon announced Long's resignation Monday and said it was effective immediately. The governor's statement did not say why Long resigned or whether he was asked to do so.

   Long was appointed to the job by Nixon on Dec. 13.

   That came shortly after the Department of Revenue had launched a new process for issuing driver's licenses in which clerks are making electronic copies of applicants' personal documents, such as concealed carry permits.  Republican lawmakers have raised concerns about the potential for people's privacy rights to be violated.

 

   During a Senate committee hearing last week, Long had declined to stop scanning the documents.

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