Lobbyist expenditure bill passes in House, heads to the Senate
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri House of Representatives approved a lobbyist expenditure bill Wednesday with a count of 147-12. The bill will go to the Senate for approval.
The bill is intended to change lobbying regulation by banning expenditures lobbyists make to state public officials. The bill would also remove reporting requirements, since they would not be necessary if all expenditures were banned.
The bill would also require lobbyists to individually report 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.