Senate Committee Approves AG Director Nominee

9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago May 09, 2007 May 9, 2007 Wednesday, May 09 2007 Wednesday, May 09, 2007 12:42:06 PM CDT in News
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JEFFERSON CITY AP - A Senate committee signs off on the governor's nominee to run the state Agriculture Department. Blunt last week nominated 29-year-old Katie Smith of Platte City. The former director, Fred Ferrell, was forced to resign in February after accusations of sexual harassment and refusing to promote women. Smith comes from a job in the federal Energy Department. She grew up on a Platte County farm, but Democrats question whether she meets the state law requiring the director to be a "practical farmer." Smith responds that she's still involved in her family's farm, consulting with her father on what to plant and helping feed cows when she visits. Democrats also questioned whether she can really lead the agency, or just be a figurehead.

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