Proposed lobbyist gift ban moves forward in Missouri House

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A proposed ban on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers and other elected officials has initial approval in the Missouri House.

House members voted for the ban in a voice vote Tuesday. Lobbyists currently can give unlimited gifts, such as sports tickets, to lawmakers.

Lobbyists could pay for events if they invite all lawmakers and all statewide elected officials in writing.

Senators earlier Tuesday questioned other ethics-related measures already passed by the House.

Republican Sen. Bob Dixon says enacting the current proposals wouldn’t have prevented the tumultuous end to the 2015 legislative session that spurred calls to change ethics policy.

The former House speaker resigned after admitting to exchanging sexually suggestive texts with an intern. A senator later left office amid accusations that he sexually harassed interns, which he denied.