Missouri House gives initial approval on lobbyist expenditure bill
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House of Representatives voted Tuesday to give initial approval of a lobbyist expenditure bill.
The next step is for the whole house to vote before the measure goes to the Senate.
The bill would change lobbying regulations by banning expenditures made by lobbyists to state public officials and removing reporting requirements, since they would not be necessary if all expenditures were banned.
The bill would also require individualized reporting by lobbyists on their expenditure reports to the Missouri Ethics Commission for events unless all members of the General Assembly or a statewide elected official's office are invited to the event. If all members or a statewide office holder is invited in writing, then total aggregate amounts may be used on the reports.