Missouri lobbyists question limits on legislator gifts

Feb 3, 2015
Paul Sableman

  Lobbyists raised questions about a bill on Monday that would limit their ability to give gifts to lawmakers.

Lobbyist Michael Reid asked the House Governmental Accountability Committee how the bill defines the proposed 30 dollar limit.

“But the real question is, is that 30 dollars per day? Is that 30 dollars per year? Is that 30 dollars per client? Is that 30 dollars per lobbyist? Is that 30 dollars per principle? We just want to make sure that that's clear,” Reid said.

Missouri House of Representatives

A St. Louis lawmaker provided a couple of key votes to override vetoes of bills on which her son had recently been hired as a lobbyist.

Ryan Famuliner / KBIA file photo

It's becoming harder to track how much money is being spent to catch the ear of Missouri lawmakers as they increasingly reimburse lobbyists for freebies.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that reimbursing lobbyists keeps lawmakers names off lobbyists' monthly expense reports.

The reimbursements become controversial when campaign funds are used to pay back lobbyists. That's because state law says campaign contributions "shall not be converted to any personal use."

Missouri House of Representatives

Former Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley is now a registered lobbyist in Jefferson City.