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A bill, pre-filled by Representative Caleb Rowden (r):

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 225 [pdf]

98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROWDEN.

0697H.02I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal section 105.463, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to

gubernatorial appointments.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Section 105.463, RSMo, is repealed and two new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 105.463 and 105.1420, to read as follows:

105.463. Within thirty days of submission of the person’s name to the governor and in order to be an eligible nominee for appointment to a board or commission requiring senate confirmation, a nominee shall file a financial interest statement in the manner provided by section 105.485 and shall request a list of all political contributions and the name of the candidate or committee as defined in chapter 130, to which those contributions were made within the four-year period prior to such appointment, made by the nominee, from the ethics commission. The information shall be delivered to the nominee by the ethics commission. The nominee shall deliver the information to the president pro tem of the senate prior to confirmation.

105.1420. The governor shall not appoint or offer to appoint any member of the general assembly to any position in an attempt to influence legislation.

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[emphasis in original]

Because, you know, politicians are so political.

Couldn’t they just look up the really big contributions at the Missouri Ethics Commission? As if any single person’s $15.00 contribution would be a payoff.

And, at this point in time, aren’t campaign contributions free speech?