Alderwoman Wants to Put Lobbyist Back In Lobby

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A St. Louis alderwoman wants to drive lobbyists off the floor of the board of aldermen.

Related story: Ban on Lobbyist Gifts Passes Missouri House Committee

(KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

(KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

Alderwoman Megan Green, says it’s not ethical to have lobbyists lurking around the chambers, passing notes to aldermen, whispering in their ears during debates. The term, lobbyist, comes from the room in which Green believes lobbyist are supposed to be confined to in government buildings, the lobby.

“The county council does not allow them on the floor, the state legislature doesn’t allow them on the floor,” Green says. “(St. Louis Board of Aldermen) are really an anomaly by allowing lobbyist to be in such close proximity to aldermen.”

If Green’s bill passes, it could mean aldermen will be getting a lot more texts during sessions, of course, from lobbyists.

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