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State Representative Ken Wilson Capitol Report: Elder Abuse & Ethics Pledge

Missouri State Representative Ken Wilson represents district 12 in the Missouri State House of Representatives. This is his November 10, 2015 newsletter. In it he discusses his intent to focus on elder abuse legislation and announces that he was the first to take a new ethics pledge for legislators. For more information on our Opinion Section please click here.

2016 Legislative Session: Elderly Bullying and Abuse

In preparation for the 2016 Legislative Session, I’ve been working with many of my constituents on issues they are facing in the district. I am focusing on elderly abuse in my community and hope to put into law that elderly bullying and abuse will not be tolerated. I have been working with other legislators who agree that we need to protect our most vulnerable and provide an avenue for justice if their protection is hindered.

Rep. Ken Wilson Becomes One of the First State Legislators to Take Candidate Ethics Pledge

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Ken Wilson recently became one of the first state legislators to take a Candidate Ethics Pledge put forth by the Missouri Alliance for Freedom. Wilson agreed to uphold the five major tenets of the pledge or resign from office if he fails to do so.

“I am proud to represent the people of the 12th district in the honorable and ethical way they expect and deserve. The pledge is simply a formalization of the way I want, from this day forward, to serve in my office, and the model I hope my colleagues will agree to follow as well,” said Wilson, R-Smithville.

The Candidate Ethics Pledge includes:

  • No gifts, meals, tickets, travel, late night bar bills, or cab rides home should ever be paid for by a lobbyist
  • All fundraising should stop during session
  • Agreement to not to engage in relationships with interns or staff members, nor create a hostile work environment for any staff member
  • Agreement not to resign early in order to accept a paid gubernatorial appointment, and a wait of two full years before becoming a paid lobbyist.

“We have a chance to improve the culture in the building and hold each other to a higher standard that will restore the public’s trust in government,” said Wilson. “This is a great opportunity that I hope we can build on by passing substantive ethics reform into law during the 2016 regular session.”

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