ethics

2013 pre-filed bills
6:32 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

No Retail Shopping On Thanksgiving, Other Bills, Prefiled In Mo. For 2013 Session

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Today is the first full day that Missouri lawmakers in both chambers can prefile bills for next year’s regular session.


One bill in particular comes in the wake of the annual holiday shopping surge that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday weekend:  HB 37 would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day.  The proposal is sponsored by State Representative-Elect Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart).  He says it’s in response to the ongoing push by retailers to open for business on nationally-recognized holidays.

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Mo. Statehouse
5:34 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Mo. Lawmakers Begin Pre-Filing Bills For 2013 Session

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Members of the Missouri Senate have begun pre-filing bills for the 2013 regular session.

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Campaign finance
5:14 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

'Dark Money' Ban Clears St. Louis Aldermanic Committee

A bill that's cleared a committee would limit 'dark money' in some city races.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Non-profits who want to influence political races in the city of St. Louis may soon have to disclose their donors.

A bill that would force those organizations who put more than $500 into a contest for mayor, comptroller, Board of Aldermen president or a ballot issue sailed out of committee today with a 6-0 vote. Five of the 11 committee members were absent, and a quorum wasn't reached until just before the vote.

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ethics legislation
5:12 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Mo. House Democrats To Revive Ethics Legislation

House Democratic Floor Leader-Elect Jake Hummel (D, St. Louis) speaks to reporters at the Mo. Capitol today about their proposed ethics bill. In the foreground at left is the proposed bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Kevin McManus (D, Kansas City).
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

House Democrats say they’ll again try to get campaign contribution limits restored in Missouri when next year’s regular legislative session begins.

The Missouri Supreme Court reinstated caps on campaign contributions in 2007, but a 2008 law removed them again.  Jake Hummel of St. Louis takes over next year as the top Democrat in the Missouri House.  He says they’ll push for an ethics bill similar to one in 2010 that had support in both parties.

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MO Statehouse
3:24 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Mo. House endorses health care legislation

(via Flickr/Jennifer_Boriss)

The Missouri House has approved legislation allowing health care providers to refuse to participate in some tasks that violate their religious or ethical beliefs.

Wednesday's 117-37 vote sends the bill back to the Senate to consider changes made by the House.

The measure prohibits punishment of doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to participate in contraception, abortions, embryonic stem cell research and certain other procedures or research.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Missouri GOP files complaint against McCaskill

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

The Missouri Republican Party filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

The complaint, which was submitted to the US Senate Select Committee on Ethics, alleges McCaskill solicited for campaign donations while on federal property.

The allegation stems from an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball this week, when McCaskill responded to a question about Super PACS targeting her campaign. Here's the video of that appearance:

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Ethics
2:10 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Mo. House Democrats propose new ethics measure

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

House Democrats are backing legislation they say would toughen Missouri’s ethics standards.

The bill would restore many provisions recently struck down by the State Supreme Court:  They include banning committee-to-committee money transfers and giving the Missouri Ethics Commission the authority to launch its own investigations.  The High Court struck them down because they were tacked onto another bill that had nothing to do with ethics.  State Rep. Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis) says she’s filing a new bill because GOP leaders have so far done nothing following the Supreme Court ruling.

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

Nixon wants contribution limits reinstated

Gov. Jay Nixon is asking lawmakers to reinstate contribution limits as part of any new ethics law.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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.

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Morning Round-up
8:37 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, February 17, 2012

The Missouri Senate has voted to add cell phones to the state's no-call list for telemarketers.
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Missouri Senate votes to allow cell phones on no-call list

The Missouri Senate has passed a measure that would let people put cell phone numbers on the state's no-call list for telemarketers. The Senate voted 34-0 Thursday, to expand the list which is currently limited to land lines.

The measure would also forbid telemarketers from sending unwanted images or text messages to cell phones on the no-call list. 

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Ethics bill overturned
2:24 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

State high court strikes 2010 ethics law

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a 2010 ethics law that took a long and twisted path to its final form.

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