Nixon to discuss new Missouri ethics law

Friday, February 17, 2012 | 10:37 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for Missouri lawmakers to pass new ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court threw out the most recent law on the topic.

The high court this week invalidated a 2010 ethics law because of the way legislators approved it. Nixon planned to outline what he believes should be in a new law during a news conference Friday.

The Supreme Court's action means that for now, candidates and officeholders will not have to publicly report contributions of more than $500 within 48 hours when the legislature is in session.

Other provisions of the now-invalid law banned certain committee-to-committee money transfers and allowed the state Ethics Commission to begin investigations without first receiving complaints.

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