Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City next week for the start of the Missouri Legislature’s annual session, but expensive catered meals are not likely to follow.
The so-called “Clean Missouri” proposition appears poised to end or curtail the tradition of lobbyist-sponsored free meals in the Missouri Capitol. Voters approved the constitutional amendment that sets a $5 limit on gifts lawmakers can receive from lobbyists.
Lobbyists gifted over $1 million worth of free meals, sports tickets and other perks to lawmakers in 2018. Now, politicians will have to pay out of pocket or from their campaign funds for these purchases.
Some Jefferson City restaurants believe the new rules on political gifts could cause them to lose money because their clientele has historically included lobbyists and politicians.
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