The Missouri Senate has unanimously voted to pass a bill that takes aim at campaign funds of legislators who become lobbyists.

The Missouri Senate has unanimously voted to pass a bill that takes aim at campaign funds of legislators who become lobbyists.
The Kansas City Star reports that the bill approved March 3 limits the ways in which money in a campaign committee can be invested and bans elected officials from holding on to their campaign money if they become lobbyists.
Under the bill, elected officials would have to dissolve their campaign committee when they register as a lobbyist with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Any money they have would have to be returned to donors, donated to a political party organization or given to charity.
The measure was amended by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, to include a requirement that political nonprofits run by candidates' staff or spouse must disclose their donors.
The measure now returns to the House, which originally passed the bill in January. The House can either sign off on the Senate's changes and send the bill to the governor or request a conference committee to work of the differences.
The bill was proposed after an incident in which Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley resigned from office in 2012 to become a lobbyist and political consultant. At the time, he still had more than $1 million in campaign funds, most of which he invested in a band in his hometown of Perryville.
Over the years, Tilley has donated the fund to various Missouri legislators, some of whom have hired him as a campaign consultant.
Tilley could not be reached for comment by the newspaper.