Ethics in Government: A Renewed Concern Among Legislators

There is increasing interest within the general assembly to address how elections are funded and how lobbyists interact with state legislators. State Senator Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville) has filed legislation (SB 486) that would limit the campaign contributions that can be made by an individual or committee in support of a candidate running for public office. State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) has also filed legislation (SB 555) that would limit campaign contributions.

Senate Bill 629, sponsored by State Senator Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit), would limit the gifts lobbyists can give to legislators. Senator John Lamping (R-St. Louis) is pushing legislation (SB 512) for more transparency and disclosure by paid political consultants, employees of statewide elected officials, and members of the General Assembly. State Representative Kevin McManus (D-Kansas City) has filed a campaign reform bill – HB 1340. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Virginia Young recently wrote about ethics legislation, click here to read the article.

 

Posted: January 17, 2014

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