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Missouri House passes first bills of session on ethics

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Missouri House passes first bills of session on ethics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The first bill the Missouri House has passed this year would increase reporting of elected officials’ and others’ personal finances. House members voted 143-11 in favor of the measure Thursday. It heads to the Senate. The legislation would require personal financial disclosure reports to be filed twice a year. Currently, […]

Missouri House passes first bills of session on ethics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The first bill the Missouri House has passed this year would increase reporting of elected officials’ and others’ personal finances.

House members voted 143-11 in favor of the measure Thursday. It heads to the Senate.

The legislation would require personal financial disclosure reports to be filed twice a year. Currently, they are filed once a year.

In a 143-16 vote, the House also approved legislation to require reporting of lawmakers’ trips paid for by third parties.

The measures are part of a push to change ethics laws in the state following the resignations in 2015 of two former lawmakers accused of inappropriate behavior toward interns.

A bill to limit lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for a year after the end of their terms is expected to get a vote Thursday.

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