October 10, 2016 •
St. Louis, MO Board Passes Contribution Limits and Gift Reporting Legislation
The Board of Aldermen passed two bills on October 7 to establish campaign contribution limits and clarify gift reporting.
Board Bill 53 limits campaign contributions in city elections to $10,000 per election cycle. Violations could result in 90 days of jail and a $500 fine. If signed by Mayor Francis Slay, the bill would be effective April 6, 2017, just after the spring mayoral election.
Board Bill 126 requires elected officials to report gifts and travel expenses valued at $375 or more when given by interested persons. Violating the reporting requirement would result in docked pay. Currently, the code requires reporting of gifts exceeding $250, but it is not clear whether public officials are reporting gifts as required.
Photo of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis by Daniel Schwen in Wikimedia Commons.
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