“Today’s ruling leaves a significant hole in Missouri’s ethics laws, and the General Assembly must move quickly to get a strong ethics bill on my desk,” Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, said in a written statement.
“Do we care more about providing a high-quality education to students, or do we care more about continuing the bureaucracy of an institution?
The newly drawn map essentially eliminated the district currently held by US Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan.
“Ninety-five percent of my district is new,” Sen. David Pearce. The carving up of counties comes despite a command from the Missouri Constitution.
The Missouri Supreme Court is deciding whether to chop down a far-reaching 2010 state ethics law or prune back only a portion of it.
The state’s high court heard arguments on whether the legislature’s cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits violates the Missouri Constitution.
Republican Auditor Tom Schweich dissected the sentence differently, diminishing the effect of the comma and arguing that Governor Nixon has “misconstrued and misused” his gubernatorial powers.
“It’s really unprecedented, in my experience, that there would be absolutely no data to support the $170 million dollars,” Schweich said.
The lawsuit contends the ballot summary is misleading because it fails to mention the potential for students to refuse homework or that prisoners could lose some religious protections.
Session doesn’t end until May 13, but Republicans are acting with urgency to position themselves for a potential override attempt.