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Live Stream: Government Oversight & Accountability Committee on Ethics

Updated: Lobbyist Gifts Ranking (Jan 2015-October 2015)

The Missouri Ethics Commission just released lobbyist gift data for October 2015. Here are your updated rankings of gift takers in the House, Senate, and Statewide, January 2015-October 2015.

We've ranked elected officials by the amount they have taken personally. The second number represents how much staff and family members have taken as reported to the MEC.

GOP Rep: “Everyone in the state agrees that we have weak ethics laws”

Ethics reform brought up at GOP caucus

At last week’s Missouri House Republican caucus in St. Louis, members convened to discuss the upcoming veto session and next year’s legislative agenda.

Of great priority, according to Rep. Bill Reiboldt, is ethics reform legislation.

Voting Rights Act Still a Big Deal

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a voter ID law in 2006, therefore extremists are trying to change the Missouri constitution. Voter photo ID laws have been proven time and time again to restrict access to voting for certain populations, and the courts continue to rule against them. This is why we need the Voting Rights Act and why it continues to be important to this very day.

Rex: Raising the Minimum Wage an "Injustice"

In an interview with KMOX, Rex Sinquefield said raising the minimum wage is an "injustice" on par with racist police practices.

Sinquefield Lobbyist Fundraising for ALEC Party Night

ALEC, Ethics Reform, Rex Sinquefield

Deanna Hemphill, a registered lobbyist with Rex Sinquefield-backed Pelopidas LLC, and Peggy Brand, a registered lobbyist with Celgene Corporation, are the 2015 private sector Missouri chairs for this summer’s American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) junket, scheduled to be held in San Diego later this month.

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