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Mo. legislature to look at campaign ethics laws

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Governor J. Nixon

Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon brought legislators from both parties to a meeting with Kansas City reporters with a renewed call for curbing campaign contributions and ethics reform. 

The governor  said since 2014 is an election year, ethics reform should stand a better chance for bipartisan support. It will be more popular with voters.   Similar measures have died in the statehouse in recent years.

Nixon called Missouri’s ethics laws among the weakest in the nation. He suggested moving beyond  limiting campaign  contributions to individual office seekers.

"We need to eliminate committee to committee transfers which undermine transparency and weaken contribution limits," Nixon said. "We need to prohibit office holders from taking money under the guise of political consulting and we need to close the revolving door between the legislature and lobbying.”

Nixon said he was encouraged by pre-filed bills for the upcoming legislative session. But  he said one could have been more artfully drawn.  Lee's Summit Republican Senator Will Krauss would prohibit all campaign contributions by school employees.

Dan has covered Kansas City area news since 1974. He began a career in journalism more than 40 years ago in Chicago’s suburbs. The switch from newspaper to radio came during two years in the U. S. Army, and by 1968 he was firmly convinced that radio was his medium. He has covered breaking news, blizzards, tornadoes & floods. The Federal District Court was his daily beat for years. He was one of the few radio reporters able to continue broadcasting during Hurricane Katrina and it’s immediate aftermath. He concedes KCUR is one of his passions. Dan has been honored by the Missouri Broadcasters’ Association, The Associated Press and United Press International. He is inducted into the hall of fame of the Kansas City Media Professionals. When not covering news, Dan is partial to reading American history and tinkering with an old tractor. His wife Sylvia is his best critic. They have two daughters and a son.
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