Ethics bills receive first-round approval in Missouri House

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to four ethics bills, just over a week after the start of the new legislative session.

And if all goes according to plan, Republican leaders will hold floor votes on the four bills Thursday, making them the first House bills of the 2016 session to be sent to the Missouri Senate.

The one that got the most attention Wednesday was HB 1979, which would require a one-year cooling off period before former lawmakers and statewide elected officials could become lobbyists.

The other bills perfected Wednesday included:

HB 1452: Would require twice-yearly filings of financial disclosure reports

HB 1983: Would bar lawmakers and statewide elected officials from working as paid political consultants

HB 1575: Would require disclosure of third-party payments of lawmakers’ lodging and travel expenses within 30 days

The House will likely vote to send the four bills to the Senate on Thursday.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Missourinet

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