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Sexual relations a gift?; Missouri lobbyists may soon have to report sexual relations as such

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – If Republican Rep. Bart Korman has his way, Missouri lobbyists may soon have to report sexual relations with Missouri lawmakers or staff members as gifts.  

The bill, introduced by Korman, would require any lobbyist engaging in sexual relations with lawmakers of staff members to report it on a monthly gift disclosure form that would be submitted to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The exact section of the bill that includes the aforementioned legislation reads:

For purposes of subdivision (2) of this subsection, the term "gift" shall include sexual relations between a registered lobbyist and a member of the general assembly or his or her staff. Relations between married persons or between persons who entered into a relationship prior to the registration of the lobbyist, the election of the member to the general assembly, or the employment of the staff person shall not be reportable under this subdivision. The reporting of sexual relations for purposes of this subdivision shall not require a dollar valuation.

The introduction of this legislation comes on the heels of a year that saw scandals involving Missouri lawmakers and interns.

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