The Missouri Times: Schaaf takes aim at A New Missouri with first filed bill of session

Benjamin Peters
Feb 27, 2018
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At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Sen. Schaaf announced to his colleagues on the Senate floor that he had not filed a single piece of legislation, meaning that his work this year would be more focused on the bills presented by his colleagues.

But after nearly two months of session, Schaaf has revealed his first piece of legislation.

Speaking before his fellow senators on Tuesday morning, Schaaf presented his bill, SB 1041, which deals with communications from elected officials.

“The bill I’m introducing today would address the problem of secrecy in campaign finance,” Schaaf stated. “This bill introduces sorely needed disclosure requirements for nonprofit groups closely affiliated with elected officials in our state. The legislation is closely tailored to reach only those groups.”

Schaaf said that he had the bill drafted by “some of the best legal minds in the country,” including experts at the Campaign Legal Center, as well as Trevor Potter, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

“You can rest assured that this bill is carefully drafted and ready for passage.”

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