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Previously:

HB 732: steak and sea bass (January 28, 2015)

HR 380, HR 476, HR 923: once more, into the abyss (April 30, 2014)

Impeaching Nixon? (November 17, 2013)

We see what you did there.

The social media frenzy over that House committee hearing dinner with lobbyists in a country club must have been upsetting.

Representative Nick Marshall (r) in Jefferson City on the floor of the House. [file photo]

A bill, introduced today by Representative Nick Marshall (r):

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 744 [pdf]

98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MARSHALL.

1601L.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To amend chapter 37, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to entrances to certain state offices, with penalty provisions.

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

Section A. Chapter 37, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 37.860, to read as follows:

37.860. 1. The commissioner of the office of administration shall install, operate,

and maintain an audio and visual recording of the main entrance to the official offices in the capitol building of the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and president pro tempore of the senate. The recording shall be broadcast live on the internet and shall be archived for no less than seventy-five years. The method of archiving the recording shall allow for reproduction of specific time frames of video upon request.

2. The commissioner shall develop a request form to reproduce video, which shall be made available online and in print form. The actual cost of reproduction may be charged to the person requesting the video, but in no case shall such charge exceed ten dollars per hour of recording or parts of thereof. The cost of installing, oerating, and maintaining the audio and visual recordings required under this section shall be borne by and paid out of any funds appropriated to the office of administration.

3. Upon taking office, the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, and president pro tem shall inform the commissioner of the location of the main entrance to their respective offices, which shall only be changed during each term in office upon application and approval of the commissioner.

4. No registered lobbyist as defined in section 105.470 shall enter or exit the office of governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, or president pro tem except by the main entrance specified to the commissioner.

5. No registered lobbyist as defined in section 105.470 shall discuss any bill, law, contract, or bid for contract with the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, or president pro tem unless such discussion takes place in such elected official’s official office in the capitol building.

6. Any willful violation of this section by a registered lobbyist as defined in section 105.470 shall be a class A misdemeanor. Any willful violation of this section by the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, or president pro tem shall be cause for removal from office.

[emphasis in original]

Gee, the penalty is kind of impeachy.

Interestingly, there’s nothing in this about legislative committee hearings being recorded and streamed on the Internets (live!).

Did our good friends at Progress Missouri lobby Representative Marshall (r) for an exception to protect their current primacy in live streaming off campus legislative standing committee hearings? Inquiring minds want to know.

“….No registered lobbyist as defined in section 105.470 shall discuss any bill, law, contract, or bid for contract with the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, or president pro tem unless such discussion takes place in such elected official’s official office in the capitol building…..”

Well, to be fair and consistent then, the same thing should apply to all members of the General Assembly.

No free soup for anyone.