Executive appointments will be held accountable as public officials, according to a passed House bill.
Wrap: In light of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's St. Louis stadium task force, the State House of Representatives passed a bill including executive appointees under the definition of public official in lobbyist's expenditure reports.
Cole County Republican Jay Barnes sponsored the bill, stating that any appointment by the governor should be held to the higher standard of state employees.
|Description: "Ethics, Mr. Speaker, starts in the governor's mansion. This bill, as a whole, adds gubernatorial task force members to the list of public officials covered by our state statutes that prohibit self-dealing."|
The bill was created in response to the stadium task force, which may cost taxpayers a total of more than 16-million dollars.
From the state Capitol, I'm Jack Morrisroe.