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  Missouri Ethics Commission
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DescriptionThe Missouri Ethics Commission was created by the Missouri Ethics Law of 1991 (Section 105.955, RSMo). The commission is charged with enforcement of conflict of interest and lobbying laws (RSMo 105.450-498) and campaign finance disclosure laws (RSMo 130).

The commission is composed of six members, not more than three of whom may be of the same political party. These members must be from different congressional districts and no more than three can be from an odd- or even-numbered congressional district. The governor appoints the members of the commission with the advice and consent of the Senate. The commission elects a chair biannually and is assigned to the Office of Administration for budgeting purposes only.

The commission receives and reviews complaints alleging violations of the conflict of interest and lobbying statutes and the campaign finance disclosure statute. After investigation of these complaints, the commission refers the complaints to the appropriate prosecuting authority or disciplinary authority along with recommendations for sanctions. The commission may also initiate judicial proceedings on its own.

The commission reviews and audits reports required by the campaign finance disclosure law, the financial interest disclosure laws and the lobbying registration and reporting laws. The commission acts as the public repository for such reports. The commission provides information and assistance to lobbyists, elected and appointed officials, employees of the state and political subdivisions and the general public.
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