"When legislators return to the capital in January, few issues are more important than restoring the public's trust," the Democratic governor wrote.
His proposals are:
Nixon's proposals for protecting interns are similar to the recommendations made by House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, the week before.
The governor's recommendations include mandated sexual harassment training for office holders and an ombudsman to oversee the internship program.
Nixon called Missouri's current ethics laws "the weakest in the nation."
Missouri is the only state with no limit on both campaign contributions and how much a lobbyist can give to a legislator.
For every year Nixon has been governor, he has called upon the legislature to pass stronger restrictions on political funding and outside special interests.
However, absent this year in Nixon's statement was restoring the voter-approved limits on the total amount of contributions any one source could give to a political candidate.
That idea had met with stiff opposition from many Republican
legislators who have argued that because special interests can find ways
around contribution limits, a more effective approach is stronger laws
requiring disclosure of contributions.
Republican legislative leaders have called for passage of other ethics ideas. But those measures have become bogged down in disputes over what to include in any ethics package.
By MDN Staff
State Auditor Nicole Galloway continued her campaign for stronger computer security policies in government with a report listing five of the most common mistakes her office has found.
The list was compiled based on audits of both state and local governments her office has issued this year.
"Despite the increasing awareness of threats to data security across all levels of government, my review found there are still some very basic security measures that have not been implemented," Galloway said.
When the Democratic auditor was sworn in to replace the deceased Republican auditor, Tom Schweich, Galloway said cyber-security would be a major focus.
Since her appointment in April of this year, Galloway has announced special cyber-security audits of five school districts and issued an audit critical of the security for a database on students maintained by the state Education Department.