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Senate Advances High-Priority Bills in First Half of Session

Funeral protests, emissions inspections and sex offenders are addressed


Jefferson City — The Missouri Senate stood in recess this week as senators remained in their districts for the mid-session break. This year has proved less busy than 2005 — the Senate has passed 70 bills to the House, rather than the 93 measures approved in the first half of last year’s active session. However, 23 bills in the Senate have received first-round approval and now await a final vote, and two Senate joint resolutions have been reported from committee. One Senate bill has been signed into law by the governor.

Members of both chambers have approved legislation prohibiting funeral protests during certain times. Senate Bill 578 prohibits funeral protests within one hour prior to and one hour after the completion of funerals in Missouri. The legislation is largely a response to protests held at military funerals by a Kansas church, whose members say military deaths are due to God’s dissatisfaction with U.S. to…

Bill Changing Lobbyist and Campaign Laws Approved by Senate

Legislation designed to improve public access to information

The Missouri Senate this week gave final approval to legislation revising regulations on lobbyist gifts and campaign contributions to state lawmakers.

SB 1254 prohibits lobbyists from paying for entertainment, lodging or travel for lawmakers or their staffs without prior approval from House or Senate administration committees. The bill also ends the proliferation of small caucuses consisting of at least 10 General Assembly members. These caucuses currently do not have to report lobbyist expenses because of the number of legislators in attendance.

Regarding campaign contributions, SB 1254 requires candidates to file full disclosure reports every month instead of four times a year, which is the current law. In the final weeks leading up to elections, candidates will have to file campaign funding reports every day.

The legislation also requires all campaign funding reports to be filed electronically so they will be more quickly ava…

General Column - Week of 3/13

Lawmakers Approve Bill Regulating Lobbyist Gifts and Campaign Contributions

Supporters say bill will offer more transparency to the public


Jefferson City — Two measures this week sparked significant debate by senators. The Senate approved legislation revising regulations on lobbyist gifts and campaign contributions to state lawmakers. And for the second straight week a bill modifying state election regulations incited debate, but not a vote.

Legislation modifying Missouri election campaign laws this week received final approval. SB 1254 prohibits lobbyists from paying for entertainment, lodging or travel for lawmakers or their staffs without prior approval from House and Senate administration committees. The legislation also bars lawmakers and candidates from raising campaign funds during the legislative session, which runs from January to May.

An amendment to the legislation ends spending limits on contributions to individual candidates’ campaign committees and imposes new spending restr…