Some think Missouri’s 2015 legislative session could usher in change to the state’s campaign and legislative ethics laws, which are among the loosest in the nation. Several longtime opponents of ethics reforms have left office, and legislative leaders have expressed support of reform.
But backers of ethics reform aren’t content to leave it up to legislators. Two years before the next statewide election, a ballot measure addressing the issue has been filed with the secretary of state’s office. That would bring ethics reform to Missouri voters in the event that legislators don’t act on it.