Missouri House moves forward on proposed lobbyist gift ban

     (AP) – The Missouri House is moving forward on a top

campaign promise by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to ban lobbyist gifts to

elected officials.

     House members voted 147-6 in favor of a proposed ban Thursday. It needs a

second vote to move to the Senate.

     Missouri currently allows lobbyists to give unlimited gifts to elected

officials. Gifts given to lawmakers last year included free tickets to Beyonce

concerts and meals at swanky steakhouses.

     The House bill would prohibit that.

     Most representatives voted in favor of the measure. But some Democrats

criticized an exception that would allow lobbyists to cater free meals at

Missouri events for lawmakers and statewide elected officials if they’re all


     The bill also includes exceptions for flowers and honorary plaques.


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