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TheChat: Mother of Michael Brown testifies on behalf of police body cameras

Good morning.

▪ “On August 9th, there was no recorded account of my son’s last moments in life. I still do not have closure.” — Leslie McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown who was shot to death in Ferguson, speaking in Jefferson City in support of police body cameras.

The committee considering the bill would require police in the state’s largest cities, including Kansas City, to wear body cameras. If an officer failed to record while on duty, the legislation calls for the officer to be suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

▪ “What we’re trying to do here is change the system so that good people don’t do things, even on a subconscious level, that advantage special interests against the public policy.” — Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf, a St. Joseph Republican, explaining why a cooling off period before a lawmaker can become a lobbyist makes sense.

The Senate debated the idea this week. While placing caps on campaign donations gets the most attention, this under-the-radar proposal is one that some regard as the single most important ethics proposal this year. (hat tip to for the link).

▪ “To limit the ability of those individuals to get the medical care they need going forward is unconscionable.” — Missouri state Sen. Scott Sifton, an Affton Democrat, advocating for defeat of a bill that would limit damage awards in cases involving medical care.

One issue that senators kicked around is future costs of medical care that might be incurred as the result of an accident. The debate led to an all-night session this week even though few Missourians are paying any attention.

▪ “The Supreme Court has, in fact, established a third sex for all intents and purposes. So there’s male and female and gay.” — Kansas state Rep. Dick Jones, a Topeka Republican, saying that the U.S. Supreme Court effectively created a “third sex” under its decision that legalized same-sex marriage.

Can’t say we understood Rep. Jones’ thinking here. But here’s the link to the story so that you can take your own run at it.