“Members of the General Assembly are here to represent their taxpaying constituents, not cash in on their political connections,” said Gov. Nixon. “Banning officeholders from paying each other for political advice is an important step in the right direction, and I thank Representative Dogan and Senator Munzlinger for their work to get this legislation to my desk. It’s important to note that the bill I signed today is just a first step. There is more work to do, and I have been very clear about the measures that are necessary to restore the public’s trust.”
Currently, Missouri’s ethics laws are the weakest in the nation, and include no limits on campaign contributions, no limits on gifts from lobbyists, and no cooling off period before elected officials can become lobbyists. To bring greater honesty, integrity and accountability to Missouri’s political system, Gov. Nixon has called for a series of specific reforms including restoring limits on campaign contributions, banning gifts from lobbyists, shortening the legislative session, closing the revolving door and banning officeholders from hiring their fellow legislators as political consultants.