Waiting for elections could help pass ethics bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House leader says waiting until after this year’s elections before trying to pass new ethics legislation could produce a higher-quality bill.

The state Supreme Court last week threw out much of Missouri’s most recent ethics law because of how it was approved. Gov. Jay Nixon has called for new ethics legislation.

House Majority Leader Tim Jones says he would support a new measure advancing in the chamber but that trying to pass it in an election year could prove difficult. Jones, a Republican from Eureka, sponsored the earlier legislation.

The Supreme Court’s ruling invalidated a requirement to publicly report contributions of more than $500 within 48 hours when the Legislature is in session. The law had also allowed the Ethics Commission to investigate without first receiving complaints.

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