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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 June 27th
Thank you to those who sponsored and played in this 2016 Porter Fisher Golf Classic. With your support we brought in more than $5,000 to support the Missouri Press Foundation! Thank you! Link
Friday June 24th
Thursday June 23rd
Register for the MPA 150th Annual Convention and Trade Show before June 30 for chance at dinner for two aboard Showboat Branson Belle! All you have to do to qualify for the drawing is register online or by using the form on the back of the June MPA News Magazine; entries must be postmarked by June 30 to be eligible. Don’t worry, if you have already registered to attend the convention, you will be automatically entered to win the tickets! Don’t wait to sign up! If you register by August 19, you will still receive $75 off your newspapers registration fee. Link