advertisement

Missouri Senate panel endorses ethics law overhaul

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 10:52 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri Senate panel has adopted legislation that would require lawmakers to reimburse most gifts received from lobbyists.

The proposal endorsed Tuesday by the ethics committee would give lawmakers 30 days to pay lobbyists back for all items except commemorative gifts, plaques and awards. Legislators would also need to disclose all reimbursements within 10 days to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

In addition, the bill would impose a one-year cooling-off period before former lawmakers could become paid political consultants. They would need to wait two years before becoming registered lobbyists.

The measure also would prevent lawmakers from collecting salaries on state boards and commissions if they leave office early to take such posts. They could start collecting the salary after their legislative term expires.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements