(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones said Thursday his chamber would seek ethics and campaign finance legislation that includes requiring more organizations to disclose their donors.
Jones said Republicans would add improving the accountability in Missouri’s political process to an agenda that already includes economic development, energy and education. The 2013 legislative session starts in January and continues until mid-May.
Among the proposals is an effort to make it easier to track campaign contributions by requiring not-for-profit organizations involved in politics to report information on donors. Earlier this year, there were examples of a political action committee that is required to report finances receiving contributions from a not-for-profit group that is not required to report its donors. That made it difficult to determine the original source of the money.
Jones also said he would like to see bans on lawmakers serving as political consultants, solicitation of campaign contributions on state property and elected officials offering jobs or appointments to influence public policy decisions.
Reps. Jay Barnes, of Jefferson City, and Todd Richardson, of Poplar Bluff, have been working on possible legislation.