Missouri lobbyists question limits on legislator gifts

Feb 3, 2015

Credit Paul Sableman

  Lobbyists raised questions about a bill on Monday that would limit their ability to give gifts to lawmakers.

Lobbyist Michael Reid asked the House Governmental Accountability Committee how the bill defines the proposed 30 dollar limit.

“But the real question is, is that 30 dollars per day? Is that 30 dollars per year? Is that 30 dollars per client? Is that 30 dollars per lobbyist? Is that 30 dollars per principle? We just want to make sure that that's clear,” Reid said.

Long-time lobbyist Sam Licklider voiced concerns that the bill could infringe on the rights of lobbyists with family members or spouses working for the legislature.

“I think you have a public policy question of how deeply do you delve into people's personal, intimate lives,” Licklider said.

Some lobbyists questioned whether the limit could violate basic rights to privacy.