JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Some Missouri lawmakers are concerned that Gov. Eric Greitens has the power to appoint new members to a state ethics panel that is currently reviewing a complaint against him.
The six-member Missouri Ethics Commission will lack a quorum after Thursday, when three members' terms expire.
Greitens will be able to pick their replacements, who will be responsible for reviewing a pending ethics complaint against him. The governor could also leave the seats vacant, effectively blocking the commission from taking any action.
Sen. Box Dixon said the situation could create a "constitutional crisis."
Sen. Rob Schaaf said the opportunity opens the door for the governor to pressure appointees to decide in his favor.