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Missouri Gov. Parson revises Greitens’ ethics order

November 20, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is renewing a lobbying ban for members of his office.

Parson signed an executive order Tuesday revising an ethics policy implemented by his predecessor, former Gov. Eric Greitens.

Greitens’ first act as governor in 2017 was to issue an order banning executive branch employees from accepting lobbyist gifts and prohibiting governor’s office personnel from lobbying the executive branch if they leave their jobs.

But the lobbying ban only applied to Greitens’ administration. Parson’s order expanded it to cover his and future administrations. Parson took over after Greitens resigned amid personal and political scandal in June.

Parson’s order also tweaks what gifts executive branch employees are banned from accepting from lobbyists, opening the door for “educational” materials such as books and souvenirs valued at less than $10.

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