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Senate Repeal Limit on Lobbyist Gifts

The Missouri Senate voted today to repeal limits on lobbyist gifts that had been in place since the mid-1990's.

KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Senators refused to take a roll call vote on the issue, instead they did away with a fifty dollar limit on gifts from lobbyists by a voice vote.

Democratic Senator Joan Bray argued the limit should stay in place.

But some argue there's already a lot of money flowing into the system.

Some senators say the limit was never followed or enforced.

Republican Senator Kevin Engler says lobbyists knew how to get around the fifty dollar limit.

Those who oppose the limit on gifts from lobbyists say the senate put that limit in place before the information on lobbyists' gifts was available online.

They say having that information online provides oversight, allowing members of the public to monitor the gifts their senator receives from lobbyists.

And they say the senate put the limit in place BEFORE the information on lobbyist gifts was available online.