Missouri housing agency to redo secret vote on ethics

Thursday, December 2, 2010 | 11:19 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY— A Missouri agency that finances low-income housing will redo a vote on ethics policy changes that occurred in a closed session.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that it raised concerns  about a closed meeting by a subcommittee of the Missouri Housing Development Commission that may have violated the state's open-meetings law.

The group met privately Tuesday to discuss a lawsuit by a former employee who wants to work as a consultant on projects that may come before the commission. In that closed meeting, the subcommittee endorsed changes to an ethics rule that includes a one-year ban on former employees seeking to influence the commission on behalf of private firms.

Agency director Margaret Lineberry told the Post-Dispatch the subcommittee will meet again to vote on the ethics policy in a public session.


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