Nixon on ethics law
12:13 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Nixon wants contribution limits reinstated

Gov. Jay Nixon is asking Missouri lawmakers to move quickly to restore a government ethics bill the state Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday.

The legislation - which was struck down on procedural grounds - required campaigns to report contributions of more than $500 within 48 hours, banned certain committee-to-committee transfers, and allowed the state's Ethics Commission to investigate without first receiving complaints.

But Nixon also wants any replacement legislation to include limits on how much can be donated to campaigns. He also wants to ban lawmakers from working as political consultants to colleagues.

Many lawmakers have opposed campaign finance limits in the past. Voters first approved them in 1994, but the General Assembly has eliminated them several times since then. There are currently no limits on contributions in Missouri.