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.