When those who know Rick best describe him, one of the foremost characteristics mentioned is integrity. Whether in personal life or public service, Rick has always placed high value on honest and ethical conduct.
To help promote ethical government in Jefferson City, Rick helped pass Senate Bill 844. This bill is an ethics reform package designed to increase transparency and accountability in the political process. One provision of the bill addresses the issue of political money laundering by restricting committee-to-committee transfers of campaign donations. The bill limits the number of political committees and makes it a crime to transfer committee funds with the intent to conceal the source of the original funds.
The bill also gives additional authority to the Missouri Ethics Commission to launch investigations and creates the crime of obstructing an ethics investigation. The bill requires that campaign contributions made during a legislative session in excess of $500 be reported within 48 hours and also makes it a crime for an elected official to offer a job to a lawmaker in exchange for votes. Senate Bill 844 also creates new crimes for lobbyists who do not properly report how much they spend on meals and gifts for state officials.