February 4, 2015 •
Missouri House Speaker Bans Lobbyist Meals in Committee Meetings
Missouri House Speaker John Diehl will no longer allow food paid for by lobbyists in committee hearings. Although he made no formal change to House rules, Diehl believes his new policy will be followed because the committee chairmen serve at his pleasure.
Last week, Diehl also banned House committees from meeting outside the Capitol in an effort to curb the practice of lobbyists providing catered meals to committee members as they consider legislation.
As Missouri ethics laws come under scrutiny, Diehl’s actions may be a step in the right direction.
Photo of the Missouri State Capitol by RebelAt on Wikimedia Commons.
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