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Missouri lawmakers pass ethics laws but fail on gift ban

House Speaker Todd Richardson speaks at a press conference on Friday following the end of the 2016 legislative session. Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel/Missouri House

GOP Speaker Todd Richardson, who assumed leadership of the Missouri House a year ago when his predecessor resigned amid scandal, said the 2016 Legislative session brought progress toward change in a state that's been called the wild west of ethics, but he's disappointed a bill to limit lobbyist gifts didn't win approval.

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