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Professor Reuben Discusses Ethics Decisions by Missouri Legislature

June 7th, 2016

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Professor Richard Reuben was recently quoted in an Associated Press article regarding Missouri’s 2016 legislative session.

According to the article, the session approved “the state’s first-ever waiting period for lawmakers and other public officials seeking to become lobbyists, approved a ban on legislators and statewide elected officials hiring each other as political consultants and required elected officials to get rid of their campaign money before becoming lobbyists.” However, two proposals to ban gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers and placing limits on campaign contributions did not pass.

Professor Reuben said it was a step forward to ban elected officials from leaving office and returning as lobbyists to their former colleagues, but lawmakers still avoided addressing ethics issues because two important proposals did not pass.

“Whether this starts or ends the conversation is really going to be the decisive factor in terms of whether there’s going to really be ethics reform in the Missouri Legislature,” he said.

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