SB 435 - Under current law, candidates for special district, city, town, and village offices, and township offices in township organization counties are exempted from certain provisions in law that disqualify candidates because of tax arrearages and felony convictions. This act removes those exemptions.
Under current law, candidates shall not qualify for municipal office if they are in arrears for any unpaid city taxes or municipal user fees. This act extends the provision to all public offices.
Under current law, certain candidates with Missouri felony convictions are disqualified from running for public office, while other candidates with Missouri or out-of-state felony convictions are barred from holding office until the completion of sentence or period of probation. This act bars all candidates from qualifying as a candidate for or holding any public office who has been convicted of or found guilty of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony under Missouri law or under any other law which, if committed in Missouri would constitute a felony.