COLUMN: Missouri ethics reform bills won't cure all wrongful practices

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 9:35 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 12, 2010

At the onset of nearly every legislative session, a reform movement is rolled out by the party that happens to be in power, as the General Assembly sets out to create new and improved measures with which to police itself and its members. The level of need for this reform is a microcosm of the public’s perception of the collective integrity, character and trustworthiness of its elected legislators. That they are not held in high regard today is an understatement.