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St. Louis lawmaker to file ethics complaint

December 14, 1999
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

A St. Louis legislator says he's going to file a complaint with the Ethics Commission against a Missouri senator, a former Missouri Supreme Court Justice, and one of the state's top lobbyists. Aaron Cummins reports from Jefferson City--

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Representative Jim Murphy says Anita Yeckel broke the law by accepting contributions from the law firm of former judge John Bardgett, Sr. and from John Bardgett, Jr.

Bardgett Sr.'s firm represented SSM health care, who got approval Monday to build a women's hospital in Chesterfield.

Yeckel was a member of the committee that approved the plan and voted in favor of it.

The committee's rules state no member is allowed to accept a donation from anyone involved with a case that is pending a committee decision.

But Bardgett says the check was written in July and his firm's involvement with SSM didn't occur until September.

He says that means this isn't a violation. From the capitol, Aaron Cummins reporting.