Only two of the six Joplin-area representatives accepted gifts from lobbyists in September, according to documents posted this morning on the Missouri Ethics Commission website.
The four term-limited representatives, Ed Emery, R-Lamar, Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City; and Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, did not accept any gifts.
Speaker of the House and soon to be senator Ron Richard, R-Joplin, accepted $184.71 in gifts, with most of that amount coming from a familiar area, insurance companies. Former Rep. Shannon Cooper, lobbying for the Missouri Insurance Coalition, treated Richard to a $134.29 dinner, while another former Rep. Gary Burton, R-Joplin, representing the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents, bought a $20.59 meal for Richard.
The only other Joplin-area representative to accept any gifts was Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, who received a $26.14 meal.
For the year, Richard leads the legislators with $2,569.88 in gifts, followed by Mrs. Ruestman $1,505.19, Flanigan $1,020.77, Stevenson $760.06, Wilson $426.11; and Emery $402.14.