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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
Friday March 6th
Did you know that March is Women's History Month? Check out the features in our First Ladies of America series! Special thanks to The Joplin Globe for making this series possible! Link
Thursday March 5th
"It's Time To Get Contest Entries Ready" — Enjoy this #tbt inspiration from our Better Newspaper Contest Committee of 1990! Don't forget to submit your BNC entries by March 31! Link
Thursday March 5th
A national Sunshine Week toolkit will be available free to Missouri Press Association members! Download your resources at sunshineweek.rcfp. Link