With the rise of the Missouri Ethics Commission, our state has attempted to take the lead in promoting an open and transparent government. However, more reforms are needed. In fact, in one recent study, Missouri had more public officials convicted of corruption over a 10 year period than Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa combined. The best way to encourage ethical behavior is to promote transparency and accountability in every area. In keeping with that tradition, here are two pillars of my plan for promoting a fair and open government:
Transparency: Every entity that currently does business with the state should provide public disclosure of their lobbyists to ensure transparency in the system.
Accountability: Obstructing an ethics investigation is currently a class A misdemeanor. It's time to put some teeth in the law and make that a class D felony to ensure accountability in the system