Four of the six Joplin-area state representatives and Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, have increased the number of lobbyists' gifts they have accepted dramatically between 2006 and 2007, according to documented filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Nodler and representatives Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, and Ed Emery, R-Lamar, have more than doubled their 2006 totals this year, with Emery almost tripling his.
The other two Joplin-area representatives, Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, and Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, are close to their 2006 amounts, according to the Ethics Commission documents.
The figures are listed below with the 2007 total given first:
Nodler- $1,680.27, $713.49
Emery- $903.12, $358.40
Hunter- $3,423.51, $3,978.68
Richard- $1,738,88, $1,647.42
Ruestman- $563.32, $214.82
Stevenson- $929.96, $1,138.78
Wilson- $937.43, $428.32