You Didn't Believe They Meant REAL Ethics Reform, Did You?

Today, extreme Photo ID champion Rep. Tony Dugger (R-Hartville) resigned in a surprise announcement.

From the KC Star:

“Dugger, a Republican from Hartsville who can’t run for re-election because of term limits, said the new law mandating former lawmakers wait six months before they can return to the Capitol to lobby is the reason he’s stepping down four months before his term ends. The law goes into effect Aug. 28.” Read the rest here.

Representative Dugger’s surprise resignation announcement should come as no surprise to anyone. After all, this was the intent of Rep. Caleb Rowden’s highly-touted House Bill 1979--to give the appearance of ethics reform, while not actually reforming anything at all. Rowden was happy to take a victory lap after the bill’s passage, and has made much use of it in his current state senate campaign. But today’s resignation from Dugger shows us what Rowden’s bill really is--a cynical, calculated attempt to preserve the status quo in Jefferson City.


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