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2010-2-10MARYVILLE, MO | By: Wayman
Yesterdray the Missouri senate debated its main ethics bill, sponsored by senate president pro-tem Charlie Shields of St. Joseph. Shield's bill would expand reporting requirements to legislative staff members, provide the state ethics commission with a full-time investigator, and bar campaign contributions when the legislature is in session. Shield's says he has intentionally not put in a re-instatement of campaign contribution limits. A few house republicans have expressed a willingness to put campaign contribution limits in as part of an all-encompassing ethics bill. Senate democrats say there can be no real ethics reform without limits.