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February 17, 2012Capitol Reports, Feb. 17, 2012
Headline: Missouri's Supreme Court throws out a major section of Missouri's ethics laws [Entered: 02/17/2012]
In a unanimous decision, the state's high court threw out a package of ethics laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2010.
The measure imposes penalties on lobbyists for filing false information, gives the Missouri Ethics Commission power to launch its own investigations, requires electronic filing of more campaign finance reports and restricts the transfer of funds between political committees.
The provisions had been passed after stories of a federal grand jury investigation into former House Speaker Rod Jetton and campaign contributions. Supporters argued the heightened exposure of campaign contributions would balance the legislature's earlier action that removed the cap on campaign contributions.
But Missouri's Supreme Court held Tuesday [Feb. 14] that the legislature had violated a state constitutional provision that prohibits expanding a bill beyond its original topic.
The original bill covered only state contract bidding and procurements.
"The multiple provisions relating to campaign finance, ethics and keys to the capitol dome are not logically connected ... continued
February 10, 2012Capitol Reports, Feb. 10, 2012Headline: Discrimination lawsuit restrictions pass the House and Senate [Entered: 02/10/2012]
February 9, 2012Tax Debate at Capitol
The debate to replace the state's income tax with a sales tax was very interesting at MPA's Day at the Capitol.
You can access presentations from each side following the links below.
February 8, 2012MPA Bills of InterestClick here to read the lisitng of bills of interest. February 2012
Monday May 2nd
Celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with a new feature from Missouri Press and The Missouri Bar! Take advantage of your schools' final weeks in session by publishing the feature in May in celebration of Law Day, or use it any time leading up to Independence Day in July. To access the half-page feature, visit http://mo-nie. Link
Friday April 29th
After 36 years of exceptional service, Doug Crews celebrated his final week as the Missouri Press Association executive director. Link
Friday April 29th