Senators debate closing revolving door, kill amendment banning lobbyist-paid travel and sports tickets
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Senators debate closing revolving door, kill amendment banning lobbyist-paid travel and sports tickets

Date: February 3, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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Lobbyists can continue to pay for lawmakers to travel in and out of Missouri and for their sports tickets after the Senate defeated an amendment designed to end that practice
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Wrap: Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis offered an amendment to an ethics bill that would ban lobbyists from paying for any lawmaker, their staff or family to travel in or out of state as well paying for sports tickets.  

Nasheed said this amendment is necessary to restore the public's trust in government.

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Description: "I believe at the end of the day, if we want to see our constituents have trust in the process in terms of the connections that we have with them versus with lobbyists, then I think this is the right thing to do."

Despite support from multiple Republican senators, the amendment was defeated by a 20 to 13 vote.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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The Missouri Senate rejected an amendment putting restrictions on lobbyist gifts Tuesday.
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Wrap: Senator Bob Dixon of Springfield said there is only one way to help clean up the ethics problems in Missouri's statehouse.

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Description: "I think that most of us could agree that the only real solution is to make sure we always elect ethical people which is always the aim, I would think."

Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis offered the amendment to ban lobbyists from paying for travel and sports tickets and despite bipartisan support, the amendment failed by a 20 to 13 vote.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.    


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