Sunday, February 17, 2019

Kansas City Politico Hopes Missouri GOP Won't Block Missouri Sunshine Laws



Kansas City Politico Hopes Missouri GOP Won't Block Missouri Sunshine Laws

Ethics issues are a running joke in Missouri but recently a Northeast politico shares her perspective and offers insight on the busted process:

Turner Report: Kansas City Democrat - HB 445 guts Sunshine Law, local officials could keep virtually all records secret

Money line:

"HB 445 started with wide bipartisan support. It would have imposed a two-year waiting period on local officials becoming lobbyists and capped gifts from lobbyists to local officials at $5 – requirements recently imposed on lawmakers by a constitutional amendment Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved last year.

"But then, State Rep. Nick Schroer, R-O’Fallon, added an amendment to broadly expand statutory exemptions that allow certain records to be withheld under the Sunshine Law. Under the amendment, government officials would have legal authority to keep virtually all records secret."

Developing . . .

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