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"Against the backdrop of yet another murky departure of one of their own colleagues, the Missouri Senate approved on Thursday a watered-down version of an ethics reform proposal." Post-Dispatch
The cherry on top of all this was Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) referring to lobbyists as "unpaid staff" he can rely on. [8 minute mark]
An especially rich line coming from a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate-interest sponsored bill mill.
Despite the headlines of ethics reform swiftly moving through the legislature, results are what matter. And it's clear very little has actually changed.