April 6, 2022 •
Missouri Ethics Commission Lacks Quorum
The Missouri Ethics Commission has four vacant seats out of six, leaving it two people short to decide any issues.
The commission had to delay a decision on a complaint filed against Columbia mayoral candidate Randy Minchew on March 15, citing the lack of commissioners.
Under state law, the commission is required to act within 15 days of receiving a complaint against a candidate for the municipal election.
However, because the terms of four commissioners ended on March 16, there are only two active members of the commission.
Commissioners are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate for a four-year term.
Kelli Jones, spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Parson, said that Parson plans to appoint two people to the commission in the next two weeks.
State and Federal Communications, Inc. provides research and consulting services for government relations professionals on lobbying laws, procurement lobbying laws, political contribution laws in the United States and Canada. Learn more by visiting stateandfed.com.