Mo. Lawmakers Divided on Ethics Proposals, Process

4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, February 25 2014 Feb 25, 2014 Tuesday, February 25, 2014 3:28:00 PM CST February 25, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Members of a state House panel agree the state needs to update its ethics law but are divided along party lines on how to do it.

At a Tuesday hearing on a number of ethics proposals, Republicans on the House General Laws Committee said the state needed to take a piecemeal approach on the issue.

But Democrats say the issue needs to be addressed comprehensively.

The panel considered measures to institute a cooling off period before lawmakers can register as a lobbyist, impose campaign contribution limits and require legislators to disclose additional financial information.

Missouri is the only state not to have limits on campaign contributions and gifts from lobbyists, or a waiting period before an elected official can lobby.

The committee did not vote on any of the proposals.

 

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