Nixon signs first ethics bill of 2016, Missouri House passes another

The first of several ethics proposals to come out of the Missouri legislature this year has been signed into law.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1983 during a brief ceremony in his state Capitol office. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, bars lawmakers and other elected officials from hiring each other as paid political consultants.

The House, meanwhile, passed another ethics bill Thursday. House Bill 1979 would create a six-month waiting period before former lawmakers and statewide officeholders could become lobbyists. It’s sponsored by Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia.

Nixon, a Democrat, called the current reform a step in the right direction, but said that much more needs to be done to improve the state’s ethics climate. He called on the legislature to get him more proposals.

“This is substantive, important legislation that will make a difference both in the short run and in the long run in both the perception and the reality of how business is done in this state and in this building,” Nixon said.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Missourinet

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