Over a year ago, the St. Joseph News-Press called for a ban on lobbyist gifts in Jefferson City. Since 2004, the Missouri Legislature has received $872,000 every year in gifts and freebies from lobbyists and special interests.
“[A] ban on most lobbyist gifts to lawmakers is a necessity. There is no ethics victory to proclaim without this component…
One measure passed by the House and Senate will bar statewide elected officials and members of the General Assembly from receiving compensation as paid political consultants. A second measure approved specifies a six-month waiting period after terms end before the officials can become paid lobbyists. A third proposal approved requires elected officials to disburse leftover campaign funds before taking jobs as lobbyists.
All of these are steps forward on the path to ethics reform, but alone they are not enough.”
We’re not waiting on the #MoLeg to fix themselves.
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