Jeff City Ethics Still Abysmal

If last week in Jefferson City taught us anything, it's that little has changed

A legislator resigning in disgrace? Check. An ethics reform bill stripped of its teeth to be more lobbyist-friendly? Check.

Paycheck Deception Passes the House

Today, a “Paycheck Deception” bill passed out of the House. And that’s not good.

It’s not good for the thousands of public employees who may have to jump through extra hoops just to choose how they want to spend their own paychecks. This is a bill that not only disrespects everyday heroes like nurses, teachers and caregivers, but also seeks to muffle their voices in Jefferson City.

The Pro-Discrimination Hearing that Wasn't

A funny thing happened on the way to recording a hearing on Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s (R-Columbia) pro-discrimination Senate Bill 916.

IT NEVER HAPPENED.

Discriminatory Bill To Have Hearing

Sen. Schaefer's goals for 2016 include increasing discrimination in MO

A report was released on January 26, 2016 stating that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cost the city of Indianapolis up to 60 million dollars and up to 12 conventions. This bill, which failed in Indiana last year, was not only bad for business but was also harmful to ALL Indiana residents.

Senate Leader Ron Richard on Campaign Contribution Limits: "It’s Just Not Going to Happen"

Recipient of large campaign donation checks unmoved by calls for ethics reform

In news that shocks no one, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) has stated his opposition to campaign finance reform efforts.

2015 Jeff City Lobbyist Gift Takers Ranked

The Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) just released lobbyist gift data for December 2015. Here are your updated rankings of gift takers in the House and Senate for 2015.

Newsflash: Identifying as Transgender is Not a "Mental Illness"

The KC Star published an article on the Missouri Legislature's current obsession with bathrooms. Four bills relating to who can use what bathroom have been filed this session.... four. They are sponsored by Rep. Rick Brattin, Rep. Steve Cookson, Rep. Jeff Pogue, and Sen. Ed Emery.

Time to Pass #MONA16

Today, the State Senate’s Committee on Progress and Development held its first hearing of the year on the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) filed the legislation that prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Good Things ARE Happening: Mic Drop Edition

When the Missouri legislature is in session, it’s easy to focus on the negative and give in to cynicism. But before you start shuffling around the house muttering to yourself about the logistics of moving to Canada, let's take a moment and reflect on a few good things that have happened in Jeff City recently. You might even crack a smile.

Rowden Wants to Have His Ethics Reform Cake and Eat It Too

A well-documented lobbyist gift-taker, Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), sponsored half-baked ethics legislation that was passed by the Missouri House today

He bragged about it on twitter...

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