Minority Whip Kendrick Leads the Charge on Anti-Corruption Plan

ABC17 News Story


December 13, 2016

Democratic Whip Kip Kendrick and six House Democrats filed a 7-point anti-corruption plan in the Missouri House of Representatives. In response to the mandate under which Governor-elect Greitens takes office, Kendrick laid out an aggressive ethics reform agenda in late November to rid our state capitol of political corruption.

The seven anti-corruption bills, largely mirroring Greitens’ own campaign promises, include:

  • Banning all lobbyist gifts with no exceptions

HB 212 filed by Rep. Deb Lavender (D-90th District)

  • Closing the revolving door from legislator to lobbyist

HB 213 filed by Rep. Joe Adams (D-86th District)

  • Banning the use of campaign committee funds for services provided by candidate family members

HB 214 filed by Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-88th District)

  • Preventing persons no longer actively seeking elective office from maintaining a candidate committee

HB 215 filed by Rep.-elect Mark Ellebracht (D-17th District)

  • Extending prosecutorial authority to the Missouri Ethics Commission

HB 216 filed by Rep.-elect Crystal Quade (D-132nd District)

  • Prohibiting in-session campaign contributions to and solicitations by legislators and statewide office holders

HJR 6 filed by Rep.-elect Bruce Franks (D-78th District)

  • Imposing term limits for state office holders

HJR 7 filed by Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-45th District)

Kendrick also filed an omnibus anti-corruption bill (HB 217) that covers each area of concern.

“Eric Greitens was elected to office with a campaign focused on rooting out corruption in our Capitol. Missourians have every right to demand immediate action and I intend to make sure that Governor-elect Greitens can deliver on his promise.”

In a memo sent to Greitens in late November, Kendrick announced his 7-point anti-corruption plan and promised to deliver the support of the Democratic Caucus in providing more than half of the 82 votes needed to pass the comprehensive anti-corruption bills.

While Kendrick requested a meeting with the Greitens team to discuss the 7-point anti-corruption plan in November, the two have not yet met.

As Kendrick noted, ”I understand Governor-elect Greitens is very busy preparing for the transition to office, however I would expect to hear from him in the near future.”

Kendrick indicated that while the seven anti-corruption bills were inspired by Greitens’ campaign promises, he is open to adding to the list if the Governor-elect uncovers additional concerns as he becomes more familiar with state government.

“As the minority whip, I promise to deliver over half of the votes necessary to get the bills on Governor-elect Greitens’ desk by mid-January. It’s time for aggressive ethics reform and Democrats stand with the governor-elect and his pre-election platform to get this done. There is a clear mandate to drain the swamp.”

Dec. 13, 2016 Article in St. Louis Post Dispatch

Dec. 13, 2016 Article in The Missouri Times

Dec. 14, 2016 Article, St. Louis Public Radio

Dec. 14, 2016 Article, Columbia Tribune