Clean Missouri

Beyoncé tickets. Pricey steak dinners. Royals games. 

Lobbyists used to be able to spend thousands in an effort to influence Missouri lawmakers. Voters approved a $5 dollar limit on gifts for lawmakers in November. A KCUR analysis of data released this month by the Missouri Ethics Commission shows there’s been a 94% decrease in spending from the 2019 to 2018 legislative session. 

In this year’s session, lobbyists spent less than $17,000 on lawmakers. That’s a significant drop from the about $300,000 spent in the 2018 session. 

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The Missouri House gave initial approval on Tuesday to send some Clean Missouri provisions back to voters.

In November, 62% of voters approved the measure, which took the redrawing of voter districts out of legislator’s hands and shifted the responsibility to a non-partisan demographer. The House wants to roll that provision back, and give lawmakers the power again to weigh in on district drawing.