- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2016

A bill introduced Wednesday in the Missouri House would define sex between lobbyists and lawmakers as a gift and force the parties involved to disclose the relationship to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Bart Korman from Montgomery County, would require lobbyists who have sex with a Missouri lawmaker or their staff to disclose the relationship in monthly lobbyist gift disclosure forms, The Kansas City Star reported.

“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 bill states. “The reporting of sexual relations for purposes of this subdivision shall not require a dollar valuation.”

Mr. Korman explained to the Columbia Tribune that a sexual relationship is “a type of relationship that could compromise somebody’s ability to make a decision.”

The bill was filed in response to a gift ban proposed by Republican state Rep. Caleb Rowden, which would ban lobbyists from giving “any tangible or intangible service, or thing of value” to an elected official or the official’s staff, spouse or dependent children, the Columbia Tribune reported.

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