Governor Nixon's Call for Swift Action on Ethics Bill Seems to Fall on Deaf Ears
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Governor Nixon's Call for Swift Action on Ethics Bill Seems to Fall on Deaf Ears

Date: February 20, 2012
By: Matt Evans
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urged Missouri lawmakers to take up and quickly pass the ethics legislation the Missouri Supreme Court threw out last week. That call seems to fall on deaf ears. Neither leaders in the House or Senate made any progress on the issue today and don't have any plans to do so.
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Wrap: House Speaker Republican Steve Tilley says his caucus is "considering" legislation while his Senate counterpart says it's a non-starter without direct communication with the Governor's office.

Senate President Pro-Tem Republican Rob Mayer says the ethics legislation isn't a priority and the deadline for filing new bills is less than two weeks away.

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Description: "I think the last one took some time and quite a bit of work and here it is almost March so it'll be difficult to get that done this session."

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down the law passed in 2010 on procedural grounds.

The law required campaign contributions over $500 to be reported within 48 hours among other ethics laws.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's call to state lawmakers to quickly pass ethics laws seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
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Wrap: House Speaker Republican Steve Tilley says his caucus is "considering" ethics legislation

His Senate counterpart, Senate President Pro Tem Rob mayer says it's a non-starter without direct communication with the Governor's office.

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Description: "I'm open to sit down and talk with him if he's open and willing to do that. Here recently, we haven't conversed a whole lot."

Last week the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a major ethics law package passed in 2010 because of the way it was passed.

The law required campaign contributions over $500 to be reported within 48 hours among other ethics laws.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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