What’s next for Missouri ethics and lobbyist reforms?

The Columbia Missourian has the latest on ethics and lobbyist reforms in Missouri, including a proposed 2-year ban on lawmakers becoming lobbyists.

[State Sen. Jason] Crowell, however, defended the measures taken by his amendment and said a “cooling off period” should be required before former legislators can become lobbyists.

“You do not take pizza from the oven and put it straight in your mouth,” Crowell said. “I believe that we should not take our legislative service and put it right in our own mouth.”

Crowell said lawmakers should not be entitled to receiving six-figure salaries immediately after leaving the legislature.

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