January 7, 2016 •
Missouri Representative Files Bill to Add Sex to Reportable Lobbyist Gifts
State Rep. Bart Korman filed a bill on Wednesday to add sex between lawmakers and lobbyists to the gifts required to be reported on ethics forms. The bill defines a reportable sexual gift as “sexual relations between a registered lobbyist and a member of the general assembly or his or her staff.” It excludes sex in a marriage or in a relationship in existence prior to either party’s lobbyist registration or legislative employment.
State Rep. Caleb Rowden has proposed a gift ban barring lobbyists from giving any tangible or intangible service or thing of value to an elected official or to the official’s staff, spouse, or dependent children. Korman says he has no objections to such a gift ban, but stresses there should be no easy ways around it.
While Korman’s bill covers sex as a defined gift, the reporting of sexual relations would not require a dollar valuation.
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