And they’re off. The Missouri General Assembly has started prefiling bills for the 2013 session. Here’s one in the Senate which will ruffle quite a few feathers:
SB 38 Institutes a lobbyist gift ban for the members of the General Assembly and their candidate committees
Current Bill Summary
SB 38 – This act bars members of the General Assembly and their family, employees, and staff from receiving any tangible or intangible item, service, or thing of value from a lobbyist and bars lobbyists from delivering such items to such individuals.
Lobbyists shall not make contributions in the form of food, entertainment, lodging, or travel to general assembly member candidate committees and such committees shall not receive such items.
This act is similar to HB 1080 (2012).
SB 38 was filed by Scott Sifton (D), newly elected in the 1st Senate District.