A proposed piece of Missouri legislation would require lawmakers who are schtupping lobbyists to disclose their sexual liaisons to the state’s ethics commission as a “gift.” The bill, sponsored by Republican representative Bart Korman, comes after two state legislators were forced to resign in 2015 due to sexual misconduct. Though it should be noted those incidents both involved interns — one of them a teenager — not lobbyists.
Korman, ever the small-government-minded Republican, did not want to create a whole new category for disclosure of consensual sex with “a lot of additional laws,” and the closest existing section was “gift.” While such a description presumes a lot about the sexual prowess of any lobbyists or legislators the law would affect, it is likely more accurate than some of the other categories already on the books, which include “printing and publication expenses” and “meals” — though, I guess that last one could be apt depending on what was on the menu, so to speak.
While such a requirement would likely be embarrassing for the state assembly members, they can at least breathe easy they don’t have to rate the quality of their encounters by assigning them a corresponding cash value, the way one might travel expenses. According to the bill’s language, “the reporting of sexual relations for purposes of this subdivision shall not require a dollar valuation.”
Missouri Bill Proposes Sex With Lobbyists Must Be Disclosed As A ‘Gift’