Missouri House and Senate committees in Jefferson City have regularly enjoyed lobbyist-financed meals during their hearings as they discuss specific pieces of legislation. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, all underwritten by the special interest lobbyists who are paid to influence the legislators making decisions on policies that impact all of us?

Anyone else see the red flags here?

Not only are Missouri Legislators being wined and dined with fancy dinners, but they sometimes hold sham government meetings at private country clubs and restaurants as an excuse to enjoy more freebies.

The result is just about as absurd as you’d expect:

Official meetings are supposed to be public, but Missouri citizens and journalists trying have even been kicked out of public meetings in Jefferson City.

We deserve better.

The Clean Missouri amendment requires all state legislative records be open to the public; and creates a state government that is open, accountable, and not beholden to special interests.

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