Missouri judge strikes down new ethics law

Thursday, March 31, 2011 | 5:07 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A state judge has struck down a Missouri law that imposed new ethics and campaign finance requirements.

But the state attorney general's office said it will appeal Thursday's decision by Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green and urged people to continue following the ethics law in the meantime.

At issue is a law that restricts the shuffling of money among political committees and requires quicker reporting of many campaign contributions during the legislative session. Other provisions create new crimes related to bribery, obstruction of ethics investigations and lobbyist reporting of expenses on behalf of public officials.

The judge said the law violates the state constitution's requirement to contain a single subject. He also said a ban on donations by state-chartered banks to political action committees violates free speech rights.


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Mingo Acosta March 31, 2011 | 10:16 p.m.

A republican judge strikes down an ethics bill, no way… I’m way past shocked. Paying for or giving someone money for their vote use to be called bribery, now it’s called lobbing. Makes me want to vomit. And all I hear the right talking about is Christian values. I wonder if Jesus would have been willing to sell his vote had he been a politician. Even if he could say it’s just lobbying, I’m going to bet no. I wonder how much “support,” this judge is getting from the lobbyist he just helped by striking down this bill for his upcoming campaign…..

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