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With Greitens' blessing, lawmakers aim for lobbyist-gift ban

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By SUMMER BALLENTINE
Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers hope that the upcoming session will finally produce a ban on lobbyist gifts, thanks to support from Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens.

It's among the top priorities for House Speaker Todd Richardson, who said he was personally disappointed when an ethics bills didn't pass last session.

Some lawmakers say a compromise might be needed, perhaps a cap instead of an outright ban.

If they fail to deliver in the 2017 session, it'll break a campaign promise from Greitens, who largely focused on how he'd tackle corruption in the Capitol.

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