Ethics Commission May Reconsider Lobbyist Requirement

APRIL 24, 2006 - Posted at 3:58 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A lawsuit forces the Ethics Commission to reconsider new reporting requirements for lobbyists.

The commission voted last month to make lobbyists provide more details about the meals and gifts they provide to lawmakers and public officials.

One change would require lobbyists list all the individuals present when they provide something to a group of lawmakers, instead of only the group's name.  That change is to begin in May.

But longtime lobbyist John Britton says the new requirement runs contrary to state law.  He's filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court.

Ethics Commission executive director Robert Connor says he will ask the commission to reconsider the changes in light of the lawsuit.

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