Governor Eric Greitens

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Missourians expressed views on what government rules are helping and hurting state workers during a public hearing in Springfield this week.

It’s part of a series of forums across the state aimed at alleviating the burden of state government red tape on citizens and businesses. Gov. Eric Greitens has called on all state agencies to review its rules.

Leaders from the Missouri Department of Labor, including newly appointed Director Anna Hui, met with citizens in downtown Springfield Thursday.

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As it stands, Missouri law permits lawmakers to accept gifts like trips, meals and tickets to ball games from lobbyists. And there’s no limit on how much a lobbyist can spend on an elected official.  Governor Eric Greitens has said he’d like to ban lobbyist gifts, but with only a month left in this year’s legislative session, that’s unlikely to happen this year. While that debate continues, we thought it would be helpful to offer a refresher on Missouri law regarding what defines a lobbyist.  

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Gov. Eric Greitens used his first State of the State address to offer up a fairly conservative policy agenda, a slate of proposals that will likely find favor with Republicans who dominate the Missouri General Assembly.