Missouri House panel to review ethics law changes
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri bills to ban lobbyist gifts to state elected officials and delay when lawmakers and others can become lobbyists after leaving office are up for initial review.
A House committee was set to review those bills and others that deal with ethics in a Monday hearing.
House Speaker Todd Richardson said ethics is a top priority this session. The push follows the resignations in 2015 of two former lawmakers accused of inappropriate behavior toward interns.
Committee approval was one of the first steps needed to move the legislation forward.
Other policy changes set to be discussed during the hearing include increased reporting of lawmakers' personal finances and a ban on elected officials serving as political consultants.
[Editor's Note: The four bills were passed by the committee Monday and will now head to the House floor.]
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