When Missouri Republicans level the charge of corruption at members of their own party, it’s time to start paying attention.
Such was the case not once, but twice on the last day of this year’s session of the Legislature…
Two years ago, we published a series called “Fix the Legislature” that identified three principal problems with the General Assembly: term limits, the redistricting process and campaign finance/ethics reform.
Each of them in its own way helped make this year’s one of the most forgettable legislative sessions in recent memory. Yet Republicans didn’t lift a finger to address ethics and campaign finance reform. They made only a half-hearted attempt to limit the damage of term limits. And the evils of gerrymandered districts were on full display as they traipsed from one conspiracy theory bill to another, all in a naked attempt to please the tiniest sliver of right-wing voters.
The Missouri Legislature remains a very broken place.
Don’t take our word for it. Listen to the Republicans who run the place.
It’s time for a change.
Here are the facts – The Clean Missouri amendment will:
- lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates
- eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts
- require politicians wait two years before becoming lobbyists
- require that legislative records be open to the public
- ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census, by asking a nonpartisan expert to draw fair legislative district maps, which would then be reviewed by a citizen commission