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Mo. Digital News
Missouri Digital News
FullXGR provides you with an unprecidented access to the activites of your legislators -- going back further than any digital record (futher back than even the House and Senate themselves).
What's more, the descriptions of bills and rollcall votes have been written by a season journalist -- Phill Brooks, who has been covering Missouri's statehouse since 1970.
In our FullXGR page, you have several selection options that may not be entirely obvious:
At the top are to drop-down selection boxes. If you want to see the roster of different a different chamber, just change the selection on the left at the top. Use the selection box on the top right to choose another year.
The top row above the list of legislators are buttons you can click to change the order in which legislators are listed. Most of the categories are obvious. Those that are not are:
Dst.: The legislative district number. Realize that after a census, district numbers will have changed.
Termed: Legislative term limits were passed in 1992, limiting legislators to eight years in the same chamber. A few years later, voters approved a change to not count some partial/special-election terms. At MDN, we did not start including a term-limit figure in our databases for several years. So, for those earlier years, you'll see just a "0" under this category. This is one of the database fields we intend to update.
Lobby $: This is the total amount lobbyists reported spending on behalf of a legislator or the legislator's staff or family. The Missouri Ethics Commission database for lobbyist expenditures goes back only to 2004. So you will see [n/a] for prior years.
Campaign $: This figure is the total amount of campaign contributions reported to have been received by the legislator(s) campaign committees. The Missouri Ethics Commission database for these contributions goes back to only 2011. So you will see [n/a] for prior years.
For each legislator, up to five fields will have links, highligted in blue and underlined:
Legislator: This link will take you to MDN's home page for the legislator where you can access the lawmaker's legislative homepage (if it exists -- in earlier years, the legislature did not have a website with legislative homepages).
Lobby $: This will call up a detailed list of each lobbyist expenditure on behalf of a legislator that was reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission in that year.
Campaign $: This link will call up every contribution reported by the legislator's campaign committee(s) for the chosen year to the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Bills and Votes: These are the journalist-written description of bills and legislative roll calls. Every bill introduced in the selected year is in MDN's database. But of the thousands of roll calls the occure each year, only those we at MDN have determined to be significant are included. The bill list will include links to the legislature's official database -- but only for those years when the General Assembly established web-based digital databases (well after MDN's databases).
Footnotes and Limitations
MDN's legislative databases go back to 1995 -- well before the World Wide Web existed -- and when we had to store our data on the very-limited storage devices of "floppy disks" and "diskettes."
The limited storage required that our databases be less expansive than now.
For example, we did not begin recording when legislators were term limited until several years after voter adoption of the term-limit constitutional amendment.
And, for some years, we simply did not enter the district numbers into our databases.
Updating those old databases to include that missing information is one of mine (Phill Brooks) priorities.
But I'm including all this older, incomplete databases because the contain information available nowhere else -- unless you want to spend days, if not weeks, trolling through printed state archives of the printed copies of bills and journals!
Finally, if you're curious about the URL for this page (FullXGR), the term "XGR is a very old phrase going back decades that was used in wire service dispatches to designate something involving a "legislature."
XGR kind of fits for a shortened term for legislature. But it actually was used to designate anything coming out of the statehouse.
To this day, I (Phill) continue to use XGR as a designation of the huge variety of files I maintain involving state government stuff.