Representative Denny Hoskins (r – noun, verb, CPA) is continuing his not so good, very bad legislative session experience in Jefferson City.
He got his clock cleaned in debate with Representative John Burnett (D-40) (identified in a transcript published online and in its dead trees edition by the Warrensburg Daily Star Journal on May 7, 2009). (audio via Fired Up!):
The audio was posted by on YouTube by Fired Up! on May 1, 2009.
Representative John Burnett: …Gentleman, I tell you that a, just this week, within the last twenty-four hours, I filled out this personal financial disclosure myself.
Burnett: I think it took me less than ten minutes, but I, I was distracted because I was watching television at the time.
Representative Denny Hoskins: Right.
Burnett: So, it seems to me that it’s not a great burden that we place on our elected officials to fill out this disclosure. You know it was about twenty questions that we answered and I’m not sure why we want to exempt sixty-one cities from knowing whether or not their elected officials have these financial interests that might be in conflict. Is there some reason other than some…Knob Noster asked you, and they don’t like it. Do they have something to hide?
Hoskins: No, there’s nothing, there’s nothing to hide from good old Stan Hall, mayor, mayor of non, Knob Noster. No, what’s happened…
Burnett: Why can’t he spend the ten minutes like I did?
Hoskins: Well, what happens is…
Burnett: He could probably…
Listen to the whole thing. It’s priceless.
In a companion piece in the same edition the Warrensburg Daily Star Journal gets the money quote from Knob Noster Mayor Stan Hall:
5/7/2009 12:58:00 PM
IN SUNSHINE OR IN SHADOWS?
Hoskins argues to decrease what city politicians disclose
Jefferson City – Politicians in 61 cities, including Knob Noster, need not disclose potential conflicts of interest under a Senate bill Rep. Denny Hoskins manages in the House.
Knob Noster Mayor Stan Hall said he opposes the measure.
“I do not find these forms particularly burdensome and I do not mind filling them out,” Hall, who owns the Knob Noster Item newspaper, said Tuesday. “I am a newspaper person and I think this type of disclosure is valuable.”
The Missouri Press Association opposed similar legislation in past years and is reviewing this year’s version, MPA Director Doug Crews said Monday…
That “good old Stan Hall” doesn’t like SB 66 either.
I bet you Denny Hoskins (r – noun, verb, CPA) will be glad when the current legislative session is done next week.