Ethics push stalls in Missouri Senate

Nearly a week after balking at a plan to create a one-year cooling off period before former lawmakers could become lobbyists, a second proposal designed to ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers also faltered in the Missouri Senate.

Senators said they needed more time to decide the best route to take as part of the bill. Kiki Curls, D-Kansas City, said that lawmakers needed to think through the “potential unintended consequences.”

Before the bill was set aside, an amendment was added that would ban lobbyists from catering meals for various lawmaker gatherings, including committee meetings. It was sponsored by Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph. The bill now goes back to the House, which can either accept them, or reject them and force a conference between the two chambers to hammer out a final version.

Meanwhile, a different ethics bill passed unanimously Tuesday night, 31-0. House Bill 1983 would bar lawmakers and statewide officeholders from hiring each other as political consultants. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, carried the bill in the Senate and made a few changes to the language before the vote.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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