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      Lawmakers proposes restrictions on lobbyists

      JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri House member is seeking to silence lobbying efforts in the Capitol by government agencies and public universities.

      The legislation comes after the state Transportation Department last year supported a bill allowing police to pull over motorists for not wearing seat belts. Critics of the seat belt bill were angered when public employees participated in a Capitol rally urging passage of the seat belt legislation.

      Republican House member Shane Schoeller, of Willard, says entities that get public funds should educate lawmakers -- not advocate for action. His bill would let government lobbyists talk to legislators but not urge them how to vote.

      Numerous lawmakers on a special House ethics panel expressed doubts Thursday about the legislation.

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