Missouri House advances bill on lobbyist gifts

(AP) - The Missouri House is again advancing a proposal
that would ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers, with some exceptions.House members in a voice vote Wednesday gave the proposal initial approval. It needs another vote to move to the Senate.

Republican sponsor Rep. Justin Alferman says the goal is to limit lobbyists' influence on lawmakers through expensive gifts.

There are some exceptions. Lobbyists could still host catered events with free food if all lawmakers and statewide elected officials are invited. Awards could still be accepted, and flowers sent for a funeral, celebration or other event would also be allowed.

The House has quickly passed the bill in past years, but it's unclear if the proposal will have better luck in the Senate, where it's languished before.

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