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Greitens outlines plans in State of the State address

Greitens outlines plans in State of the State address

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In his first address to Missouri’s General Assembly, Gov. Eric Greitens renewed his call to lead the Show-Me State in a new direction. The political outsider’s first State of the State address consisted of a number of GOP reforms, while noticeably lacking any discussion of the state’s budget, typically a major

Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, renews his call for a vote on HB 60.

House passes HB 60 to limit lobbyist gifts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House has made good on the promise to pass an ethics reform bill in the 2017 legislative session. Fresh off of a long weekend, Missouri’s House of Representatives returned to session late Tuesday afternoon to overwhelmingly pass a measure seeking to put limits on lobbyist gifts. The bill, HB

The 99th Missouri House of Representatives takes the oath as session begins on Wednesday, Jan. 4th.

House perfects lobbyist expenditures bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House has taken the next step in their fight for ethics reform. House members on Thursday perfected HB 60, an ethics bill focused on changing the rules as they apply to gifts from lobbyists. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, received first-round approval from the House by

Rep. Alferman presents HB60 on Lobbyist Expenditures before the House Committee on General Laws.  (Tim Bommel/Missouri House Photojournalist)

Ethics reform takes center stage on Inauguration Day as Greitens signs executive order

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov.-elect Eric Greitens’ first order as the head of Missouri will be to bring ethics reform to his new office. “We just promised the people of Missouri that we’re going to get to work, and now, we’re here to get to work,” Greitens said. “We promised in this campaign that we

Eric Greitens gives his victory speech after winning the Republican nomination for governor Aug. 2, 2016

Gov.-elect Greitens is ‘serious’ about ethics reform

JEFFERSON  CITY, Mo. – Gov.-elect Eric Greitens is serious about ethics reform in Jefferson City, and his plans show it. It’s been one of the top priorities for the incoming Republican, whose message on the campaign trail centered on cleaning up corruption at the capitol. Voters took the first steps this past November, not only


Democrats file ethics reform legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Seven House Democrats filed seven “anti-corruption” bills with the hopes of reforming the culture in Jefferson City, one of the stated goals of Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens’ campaign. Led by House Minority Whip Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, the seven bills call for some aggressive policy changes in order to reform what are still

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Wessels looks to continue strong service in 81st district

ST. LOUIS — Among legislators entering the House this year, Fred Wessels might have some of the biggest shoes to fill. The St. Louis Democrat will replace termed-out Minority Floor Leader Jake Hummel. But as the long-time alderman said, Hummel was Wessels’ constituent before he represented him in Jefferson City. And Wessels said he’d bring


Winners & Losers from the 2016 Session

Winners Speaker Richardson – This session may ultimately be remembered for voter ID and the year that Todd Richardson took his place as the most powerful leader amongst state Republicans. His leadership team led by Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot struck the perfect tone throughout session. He got to the high ground on ethics reform and

Reps. Justin Alferman and Caleb Rowden watch senate debate on ethics. May 11, 2016


Lobbyist gift ban bill stymied in Senate, campaign contribution limit amendment discarded

Pictured above: Rep. Caleb Rowden (left) and Rep. Justin Alferman listen to lengthy debate on HB 2166 in the Senate. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A bill that will ban gifts from lobbyists will have a tough road ahead if legislative leaders want it to become law before the end of session. Rep. Justin Alferman’s HB


Nixon signs one ethics bill, another passes the House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One ethics bill made was signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon and another House bill was approved overwhelmingly, but Nixon said more work still had to be done. HB 1983 into law Thursday afternoon. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, prevents statewide elected officials and members of the General Assembly