Just before Parson vetoed Missouri emissions bill, staffer’s spouse hired by testing company

Missouri Independent

That could include a lobbyist gaining access to state officials through their spouse’s official position, said Kedric Payne, senior director of ethics for the Campaign Legal Center. “In a situation where somebody potentially lobbied their spouse or their spouse’s boss, it would give the appearance of a violation of this rule,” Payne said. Payne said such conflicts — or appearances of conflicts — are generally resolved by officials stating that they don’t allow their spouse to lobby them or their office.

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