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  The Missouri Senate has given approval to a bill to prevent lawmakers from becoming lobbyists immediately after leaving office.

Senators voted 32-2 Monday in favor of Majority Leader Ron Richard's ethics bill, which would increase reporting requirements for lobbyist spending and set a two-year cooling-off period before legislators can lobby.

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  Members of a Missouri House committee say they support changes to the state's ethics laws but further clarification is needed.

State representatives pointed out potential problems with some ethics bills at a committee hearing Monday.

Lawmakers say blanket limits on lobbyist gifts need to have a clear time frame or other parameters. They also say it may create problems for lobbyists married to lawmakers or staff members.

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Some Missouri lawmakers say they plan to make another run at reforming the state's loose ethics laws, but campaign contribution limits probably won't be on the table.

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The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying.

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Members of a state House panel agree the state needs to update its ethics law but are divided along party lines on how to do it.

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A Missouri Senate panel is considering legislation that would make legislators wait two years after leaving office to become lobbyists.

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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has unveiled a wide-ranging ethics proposal he wants lawmakers to take up and pass this year.

It includes restoring campaign contribution limits, banning gifts from lobbyists to all state elected officials, and requiring a 3-year waiting period before ex-lawmakers can work as lobbyists. Kander said if adopted, Missouri can go from having the worst ethics system in the country to the best:

Missouri House Democrats are calling for new ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court rejected much of the most state's most recent version because of how it was approved.

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Governor Jay Nixon is calling on Missouri lawmakers to pass new ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court threw out a 2010 ethics law.' That law was tossed out because of the way legislators approved the law. Nixon will outline the element he wants to see in a new law during a news conference today.