Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 105
Public Officers and Employees--Miscellaneous Provisions
Section 105.450

August 28, 2013


Definitions.

105.450. As used in sections 105.450 to 105.496 and sections 105.955 to 105.963, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the following terms mean:

(1) "Adversary proceeding", any proceeding in which a record of the proceedings may be kept and maintained as a public record at the request of either party by a court reporter, notary public or other person authorized to keep such record by law or by any rule or regulation of the agency conducting the hearing; or from which an appeal may be taken directly or indirectly, or any proceeding from the decision of which any party must be granted, on request, a hearing de novo; or any arbitration proceeding; or a proceeding of a personnel review board of a political subdivision; or an investigative proceeding initiated by an official, department, division, or agency which pertains to matters which, depending on the conclusion of the investigation, could lead to a judicial or administrative proceeding being initiated against the party by the official, department, division or agency;

(2) "Business entity", a corporation, association, firm, partnership, proprietorship, or business entity of any kind or character;

(3) "Business with which a person is associated":

(a) Any sole proprietorship owned by himself or herself, the person's spouse or any dependent child in the person's custody;

(b) Any partnership or joint venture in which the person or the person's spouse is a partner, other than as a limited partner of a limited partnership, and any corporation or limited partnership in which the person is an officer or director or of which either the person or the person's spouse or dependent child in the person's custody whether singularly or collectively owns in excess of ten percent of the outstanding shares of any class of stock or partnership units; or

(c) Any trust in which the person is a trustee or settlor or in which the person or the person's spouse or dependent child whether singularly or collectively is a beneficiary or holder of a reversionary interest of ten percent or more of the corpus of the trust;

(4) "Commission", the Missouri ethics commission established in section 105.955;

(5) "Confidential information", all information whether transmitted orally or in writing which is of such a nature that it is not, at that time, a matter of public record or public knowledge;

(6) "Decision-making public servant", an official, appointee or employee of the offices or entities delineated in paragraphs (a) through (h) of this subdivision who exercises supervisory authority over the negotiation of contracts, or has the legal authority to adopt or vote on the adoption of rules and regulations with the force of law or exercises primary supervisory responsibility over purchasing decisions. The following officials or entities shall be responsible for designating a decision-making public servant:

(a) The governing body of the political subdivision with a general operating budget in excess of one million dollars;

(b) A department director;

(c) A judge vested with judicial power by article V of the Constitution of the state of Missouri;

(d) Any commission empowered by interstate compact;

(e) A statewide elected official;

(f) The speaker of the house of representatives;

(g) The president pro tem of the senate;

(h) The president or chancellor of a state institution of higher education;

(7) "Dependent child" or "dependent child in the person's custody", all children, stepchildren, foster children and wards under the age of eighteen residing in the person's household and who receive in excess of fifty percent of their support from the person;

(8) "Political subdivision" shall include any political subdivision of the state, and any special district or subdistrict;

(9) "Public document", a state tax return or a document or other record maintained for public inspection without limitation on the right of access to it and a document filed in a juvenile court proceeding;

(10) "Substantial interest", ownership by the individual, the individual's spouse, or the individual's dependent children, whether singularly or collectively, directly or indirectly, of ten percent or more of any business entity, or of an interest having a value of ten thousand dollars or more, or the receipt by an individual, the individual's spouse or the individual's dependent children, whether singularly or collectively, of a salary, gratuity, or other compensation or remuneration of five thousand dollars, or more, per year from any individual, partnership, organization, or association within any calendar year;

(11) "Substantial personal or private interest in any measure, bill, order or ordinance", any interest in a measure, bill, order or ordinance which results from a substantial interest in a business entity.

(L. 1965 p. 229 1, A.L. 1978 H.B. 1610 2, A.L. 1991 S.B. 262, A.L. 1997 S.B. 16)


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