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Remember when Ron Richard claimed to care about ethics reform?

Rewind back to the beginning of the 2015 legislative session: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) boldly stated, “There is enough nonsense in this building going on… I am going to try to clear this up before somebody gets indicted.

There was legitimate reason to be optimistic about real ethics reforms getting passed this session. However, those hopes quickly dissipated as we dove deeper into the proposed legislation, especially Ron Richard’s SB 11. In short, Richard's bill left a major loophole for groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other 501c3’s who want to wine and dine legislators (remember the $3,000 steak dinner in Dallas).

Now that we have a week left of session and no movement on real ethics reforms, it is clear what truly matters to legislative leadership. In fact, Richard said over the weekend that his top priorities are getting ALEC’s so-called ‘right to work’ legislation and regressive voter photo id bills passed.

What Richard said at the begining of session is very different from what he has actually done. And his actions are saying loud and clear: ethics reforms=meh, attacks on workers and Missouri voters=YAY!