Lobbying Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org en When It Comes To Gifts, Lobbyists Don't Discriminate By Party http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/when-it-comes-gifts-lobbyists-dont-discriminate-party <p>The 2014 legislative session was historically one of the most expensive sessions. At least for lobbyists.</p><p>In the first six months of this year, lobbyists spent $673,062 on gifts (most of them meals) for the Missouri legislature. Taking a look at the past decade's worth of data, this is the second highest year on record. The most expensive year was in 2013, when legislators accepted $749,994 in the first half of the year.</p><p>The average cost of a gift this year was $102.65, which is roughly on par with prior years.</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:40:51 +0000 Chris McDaniel 38727 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org When It Comes To Gifts, Lobbyists Don't Discriminate By Party BBQ, Branson And Booze: Noteworthy Gifts Missouri Lawmakers Took From Lobbyists This Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bbq-branson-and-booze-noteworthy-gifts-missouri-lawmakers-took-lobbyists-year <p>Through the first six months of the year, Missouri lawmakers accepted $675,000 in gifts from lobbyists.</p><p>On Monday, we'll be taking a look at some of the noticeable trends -- how this year stacks up with years past, which parties and lawmakers have been taking the gifts, etc. But today we're going to take a look at four noteworthy gifts from the first half of the year.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 04:22:19 +0000 Chris McDaniel 38689 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org BBQ, Branson And Booze: Noteworthy Gifts Missouri Lawmakers Took From Lobbyists This Year In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-four-months-year-lobbyists-showered-missouri-legislators-half-million-gifts <p>Lobbyists spend nearly $1 million each year on gifts for Missouri lawmakers. The types of gifts vary greatly -- from expensive meals and drinks to tickets for sporting events to small things like stamps and books.</p><p></p><p>Each month, lobbyists have to disclose those gifts. And, in partnership with NPR, St. Louis Public Radio has a website (<a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/" target="_blank">LobbyingMissouri.org</a>) that keeps track of it all.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:36:47 +0000 Chris McDaniel 37258 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts Missouri House Considers Ethics Changes. Here's What The Proposal Would (And Wouldn't) Do http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-considers-ethics-changes-heres-what-proposal-would-and-wouldnt-do <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri House could debate a bill this week that would enact some changes to how lobbying is conducted and disclosed in Jefferson City.</span></p><p>Currently, there are no limits on how much a lawmaker can receive in gifts from lobbyists. The gifts from lobbyists can include anything from food and drinks to expensive travel to sports tickets. Altogether, lobbyists spend about $1 million each year on the gifts.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 16:53:02 +0000 Chris McDaniel 35658 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House Considers Ethics Changes. Here's What The Proposal Would (And Wouldn't) Do Use Our Missouri Legislative Tracker To Follow Key Bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/use-our-missouri-legislative-tracker-follow-key-bills <p>Almost 300 bills were prefiled in the Missouri Senate and Missouri House before the legislative session even opened. Now that the legislative session is underway, some of those bills will fade away, others will move through the legislative process and even more new ones will be introduced.</p><p>No wonder it's hard to keep up with what's going on in the legislature.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:04:22 +0000 Susan Hegger 33277 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Use Our Missouri Legislative Tracker To Follow Key Bills Politically Speaking: Secretary of State Kander On Ethics Reform, Voter ID And More http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-secretary-state-kander-ethics-reform-voter-id-and-more <p>This week the Politically Speaking crew welcomes Secretary of State Jason Kander to the podcast. Kander, a Democrat from Kansas City, narrowly captured the statewide office in 2012 after a hard-fought contest with Republican Shane Schoeller.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:32:02 +0000 Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum & Jo Mannies 32840 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Secretary of State Kander On Ethics Reform, Voter ID And More Nixon Calls On Legislature To Pass Ethics Reform http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-calls-legislature-pass-ethics-reform-0 <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><p><em>Updated 7:19 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12</em></p><p>Missouri Gov.&nbsp;Jay Nixon is once again pressing for ethics reform in state government, and for the resurrection of campaign donation limits. But this time, Nixon may be hoping for stronger interest in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, where some GOP legislators now share some of his views.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:14:53 +0000 Jo Mannies 32209 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Calls On Legislature To Pass Ethics Reform St. Louis Public Radio Launches 'Lobbying Missouri' To Follow The Money http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-public-radio-launches-lobbying-missouri-follow-money <p>Companies and other organizations with an interest in Missouri state government hire lobbyists to influence policy in Jefferson City. State law requires lobbyists to disclose how much they spend in the process, listing which officials received benefits, such as free meals, professional sports tickets, trips and other gifts.</p><p><a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/">Lobbying Missouri</a>, a new reporting partnership of St. Louis Public Radio and NPR, provides an interactive way to follow the money.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:05:08 +0000 Alex Heuer 31228 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Public Radio Launches 'Lobbying Missouri' To Follow The Money Bruno Mars, Beverages And (More) Baseball: Lobbyists Gave $100K In Gifts To Mo. Lawmakers Over Break http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bruno-mars-beverages-and-more-baseball-lobbyists-gave-100k-gifts-mo-lawmakers-over-break <p>Missouri legislators took in about $100,000 in gifts from lobbyists during the summer legislative break. In total for this year, lobbyists have spent $850,702 to try to sway public policy.</p><p>If the gifts continue, it's likely to reach $1 million by the end of the year.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:46:43 +0000 Chris McDaniel 30323 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bruno Mars, Beverages And (More) Baseball: Lobbyists Gave $100K In Gifts To Mo. Lawmakers Over Break Missouri Lobbyists Batting $11,000 At Cardinals, Royals Games http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-lobbyists-batting-11000-cardinals-royals-games <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Ah, the summer recess. A time for legislators to unwind, have a few cold ones, and get taken to baseball games by lobbyists.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:42:26 +0000 Chris McDaniel 29645 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Lobbyists Batting $11,000 At Cardinals, Royals Games