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Sunday, May 02, 2010
Post-Dispatch: Tilley holds the key to House ethics bill
An article posted today by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explores the current fractious status of ethics legislation in the Missouri House. The man who holds the key, the article notes, is Majority Leader Steve Tilley:
Tilley has become the lightning rod for Democrats' criticism.
While Tilley has made it clear that he is opposed to donation limits — he regularly receives donations as high as $100,000 into his campaign committee — he vowed early in the session that he would not block a bill that contained limits.
But the action of sending the bill back to committee in effect did just that. And now the bills sit on the calendar with Tilley saying he won't budge, and the clock working against any effort to find a new vehicle for any of the other ethics provisions.