Mo. House ethics panel approves overhaul


      JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House panel has endorsed
legislation that includes tougher political ethics rules and
imposes limits on campaign contributions.
      The legislation was approved 12-0 Thursday by a House committee
created to recommend ethics changes. It would impose a $5,000 cap
on campaign donations and restrict the funneling of donations
through various committees. The measure also would bar legislators
from accepting more than $1,000 in gifts from lobbyists.
      Another provision would require lawmakers to wait a year after
leaving office before becoming lobbyists.
      Neosho Republican Kevin Wilson, who led the ethics panel, says
the unanimous vote sends a strong signal to other lawmakers.
      The Senate has approved its own ethics overhaul.