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Inauguaral Disclosure Gets Primary House Approval

February 24, 2003
By: Christopher Shields
State Capital Bureau

Newly elected governors may have to disclose who pays for thier inaugural celebrations under a bill the house gave primary approval to.

Christopher Shields has more from Jefferson City.

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With Governor Holden's 2001 inaugural ball costing 1 million dollars, republican lawmakers crafted a bill that would treat inaugural committees the same as campiagn committees.

Meaning, governors-elect and new legislators would have to disclose who is paying for their celebrations.

Bill co-sponsor Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau says this is not a direct response to Governor Holden's inaugural celebration.

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The bill passed on a voice vote.

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Missourians may be able to find out who pays for state inaugural celebrations under a bill given first-round approval by the House.

Christopher Shields reports from Jefferson City.

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The bill would subject gubernatorial and legislative inaugural committees to the same disclosure laws as political campiagns.

This comes 2 years after Governor Holden's 1 million dollar inaugural ball.

St. Louis County Democrat Rick Johnson says the bill isn't just about gubernatorial celebrations.

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The bill now awaits final house approval.

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