Lobbyists ignore ban, pay for lawmakers' trips

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 9:27 a.m. CST; updated 9:52 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 24, 2010

KANSAS CITY — Missouri lawmakers and lobbyists appear to have largely ignored a 2006 law that requires permission before lobbyists can pay for public officials' out-of-state travel.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that lobbyists paid for at least $34,000 in lawmakers' travel costs without getting proper approval. A 2006 law requires that House and Senate committees give permission before lobbyists pay for taking legislators on trips outside Missouri.

The Senate committee has received just five requests since August 2008. The House panel has received two. Lawmakers have taken dozens of trips.

Lawmakers and lobbyists said they were not aware of the 2006 law. It was added relatively late in the process to a broader bill and received little debate.


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