Missouri House Republicans revisit ethics reform legislation

Posted December 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

by Alex Mallin

House Speaker Tim Jones, R-St. Louis County, announced plans to introduce legislation regarding ethics reformation.

Jones said in a statement that his plan would enhance the level of transparency in the political process and ensure accountability from public servants.

Ethics reform legislation was last passed in the 2010 legislative session, but that bill was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court on procedural grounds.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Democrats, including Rep. Kevin McManus D-Kansas City, held a press conference on legislation they plan to introduce regarding campaign finance reform.

McManus said the bill is largely modeled after the 2010 efforts but includes caps on campaign contribution limits and lobbyist expenditures.

“There’s a lot of resistance on the Republican side of the aisle to contribution limits,” McManus said. “But I think there’s probably an agreement on the element of transparency that Missourians should get regarding campaign finances.”

Lawmakers can begin pre-filing bills on Dec. 3 and the legislative session begins Jan. 9.