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Missouri Senate panel weighs revolving door policy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 8:23 a.m. CST; updated 10:36 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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

The measure heard by the Senate ethics committee on Tuesday would also ban lawmakers from serving as paid consultants while in office.

Sponsoring Sen. Brad Lager, a Savannah Republican, said the measure would help strengthen Missouri's loose ethics laws. Missouri is the only state with no limits on campaign contributions or gifts from lobbyists and no waiting period before an elected official can lobby.

Democrats on the committee say any ethics legislation should also reinstate caps on campaign contributions.

The panel took no action on the legislation.


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