December 14, 2011 •
State Representative Jason Kander introduced a sweeping ethics bill today that would ban all lobbyist gifts.
The bill, HB1080, also includes strict limits on campaign contributions and a ban on legislators working as political consultants.
Kander believes the gifts, along with six-figure campaign donations, allow special interests to gain improper influence.
The bill would limit campaign contributions to $500 for House races, $1,000 for the Senate and $2,000 for statewide elections.
October 27, 2011 •
Special Legislative Session Ended Tuesday
Missouri’s special legislative session on economic development ended Tuesday, October 25, 2011 without an economic bill.
The Senate passed a motion to adjourn sine die.
The Seals of the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate by Tom Lemmens on Wikipedia.
October 12, 2011 •
A vote is coming next Monday.
The Missouri Legislature will consider legislation to cancel the state’s 2012 presidential primary. Here is an Associated Press article that appeared in the Columbia Missourian announcing the possible action: “Missouri to consider abolishing presidential primary.”
According to the article: “Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer says his chamber will convene Monday to consider legislation canceling Missouri’s 2012 presidential primary … repealing that law could save the state from spending millions of dollars on a purely symbolic election.”
August 23, 2011 •
Special Session to Convene September 6
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called the Legislature to begin a special session on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.
The special session was called to address a number of the governor’s job creation proposals.
Photo of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon by Bernard Pollack on Wikipedia.
July 28, 2011 •
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July 5, 2011 •
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May 16, 2011 •
Will reconvene for a technical session.
The first regular session of Missouri’s 96th General Assembly adjourned the evening of May 13, 2011.
The General Assembly will reconvene for a technical session at 8:00 a.m., May 26, 2011 to last until May 30, 2011 in accordance with the constitution.
Governor Jay Nixon may sign or veto bills until July 14, 2011, and the veto session of the General Assembly is scheduled to convene on September 14, 2011.
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April 18, 2011 •
Missouri Law to Remain in Effect Awaiting Resolution of Appeal
The Cole County Circuit Court has stayed the court’s previous judgment holding the portion of Senate Bill 844 relating to campaign finance unconstitutional.
The stay does not apply to Missouri Revised Statutes section 130.031(13), covering who may contribute to a political action committee.
The stay order allows all provisions of law, including those enacted into law by Senate Bill 844 (except for section 130.031(13)), to remain in effect until a final resolution of the case on appeal.
April 5, 2011 •
Measure Would Limit Contributions to $5,000
The Secretary of State has approved a summary for a proposed ballot measure to limit campaign contributions to candidates in Missouri.
The proposal would prohibit candidates from accepting more than $5,000 per donor for each election.
The Secretary of State’s action clears the way for supporters to begin collecting the more than 91,000 signatures needed to put the question to voters in 2012.
Photo of Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan courtesy of the Secretary of State website.
April 1, 2011 •
Bill’s Provision Relating to Campaign Finance Found Void, Procurement Provision Stand
Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green ruled that Senate Bill 844, which became effective August 28, 2010, is unconstitutional because it covers multiple subjects. The Missouri constitution requires that bills contain only one subject.
The bill sharply restricted transfers between campaign committees, boosted the enforcement powers of the Missouri Ethics Commission, and created measures aimed at reducing situations in which candidates channeled money through several committees to obscure their source. The court found that the procurement measures in the bill were the “original controlling purpose,” and thus should be upheld while all other measures relating to campaign finance are void.
January 12, 2011 •
Senate Bill 75 Would Create New Campaign Contribution Limits and Enhance Revolving Door Law
Senate Bill 75, introduced to the Legislature on the first day of session, seeks to reinstate the state’s campaign contribution limits. The bill limits contributions to $2,000 for statewide office, $1,000 for state senators, $500 for state representatives, $325 for any other office if the population is under 100,000, $850 if it is between 100,000 and 250,000, and $1,275 if the population is more than 250,000.
The bill also alters the state’s revolving door provision by preventing legislators from becoming lobbyists for two years after leaving office.
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December 9, 2010 •
Bank Challenges Missouri SB 844’s Limits on Political Contributions; Bill Sponsor Seeks Change in Law
Legends Bank is seeking to block enforcement of Missouri’s new ethics law, found in Senate Bill 844, which took effect August 28. Legends Bank and its president filed suit Monday in Cole County Circuit Court citing language that limits the bank’s right to make political donations. Senate Bill 844 sought to limit politicians’ ability to conceal the source of money by moving it through several political action committees.
Legends Bank claims that in determining which individuals and entities can donate to political action committees, lawmakers appear to have limited the ability of state-chartered banks to donate. Republican Senate president pro-tem Charlie Shields, who sponsored Senate Bill 844, stated to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the goal of the bill was never to stop banks or corporations from making political donations and that the disputed language should be fairly easy to fix.
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July 15, 2010 •
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed ethics legislation designed to help clean up Missouri’s political culture.
This ethics overhaul was a top priority for Nixon and legislative leaders this year. Among the major changes, the new law requires elected officials and candidates to report larger campaign donations within 48 hours. It also gives the bipartisan Missouri Ethics Commission the power to begin investigations on its own, without waiting for a complaint. The law also expands reporting requirements for lobbyists who invite groups of state officials to events. Under this new law, campaign disclosure reports must be filed electronically beginning in January, 2011 and the fines for late reports are increased significantly.
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