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This month members of of the Missouri General Assembly started pre-filing bills for the upcoming legislative session. We spend time perusing the lists of bills, looking for various items. One of the issues generating a lot of public interest this session in Jefferson City is ethics reform, so when we see a pre-filed bill on the subject we take a look at it.

Sometimes a bill is filed and withdrawn – when that happens the full text of the filed bill is no longer available and you’re left with a sometimes intriguing short description. One such bill on ethics reform was filed and withdrawn on the same day, December 2nd.

This may not be the plane in question – we couldn’t find the registration number on it.

This couldn’t be about the plane, could it?

HB 1312 Prohibits members of the General Assembly from jointly owning property with any registered lobbyist unless the member is the lobbyist’s spouse or family member or is dating the lobbyist

Sponsor: Talboy, Mike (37) Proposed Effective Date: 08/28/2010

CoSponsor: LR Number: 3732L.01I

Last Action: 12/02/2009 – Withdrawn (H)

HB1312

Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled

Calendar: Bill currently not on a calendar

[emphasis added]

The “dating” part is very interesting. Is it just casual or do you have to go steady? Unfortunately we may never get to know about those important details because the bill was withdrawn.

Some of our previous coverage of the business relationship between Representative Steve Tilley (r – 106), the republican Majority Floor Leader in the Missouri House, and lobbyist Travis Brown:

Today’s Republican Floor Leader co-owns plane with Lobbyist story is [RBH]

A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist

A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist, part 2

A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist, part 3