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Senator Shields removes self from caucuses

April 3, 2006
By: Kathryn Buschman
State Capital Bureau

The Senate majority floor leader has temporarily removed himself from all his active caucuses. Kathryn Buschman has more from Jefferson City.

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St. Joseph Senator Charlie Shields says he removed himself from several caucuses he is a member of to be consistent with a bill he sponsored which, in part, requires lobbyists to report any money given to members of a caucus.

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Contents: "We have no way to control the reporting on our caucuses if there is a caucus event and if I am there or not there doesn't make a difference in terms of how lobbyist reporting is done on those caucuses I just thought it would be a better system to get rid of that."

Shields says he voluntarily removed himself and plans to rejoin the caucuses when his bill passes the House. From Jefferson City I am Kathryn Buschman.

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A leader of the Missouri Senate has removed himself from all caucus in which he is a member. Kathryn Buschman explains from Jefferson City.

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Majority Floor Leader Charlie Shields says he voluntarily excused himself from his member caucuses to be consistent with a bill he sponsored dealing with campaign finance and lobbyists spending disclosure. Minority Floor Leader Maida Coleman from St. Louis says she understands Shields explanation but says there might be more to it.

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Contents: "Certainly since Senator Shields has opposition in his home town for Senate this year it doesn't hurt thee to possibly show that he is distancing himself away from caucus of this type."

Coleman who voted in favor of the bill says she will not exclude herself from her caucuses. Shields says he will rejoin his caucuses when his bill passes the House. From the state Capitol, I am Kathryn Buschman.