The Latest: Missouri lawmaker cites business while resigning

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on resignations in the Missouri Legislature (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

A Missouri lawmaker who resigned just one minute before new lobbying limits took effect says he quit in order to focus on private-sector business possibilities.

Democratic Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, of Ferguson, resigned at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. That was one minute before a voter-approved amendment took effect requiring lawmakers to wait two years before registering as lobbyists.

State law had required only a six-month lobbyist waiting period.

Curtis said Thursday that the timing was intentional. He said he’s starting an online sports-experience marketing company and wants to pursue a grant from a state-funded entity.

Curtis says he doesn’t foresee himself registering as a lobbyist but wants to leave open that possibility if necessary.

Several other lawmakers also resigned in the days leading up to the lobbying amendment taking effect.

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10:50 a.m.

Yet another Missouri lawmaker has resigned just ahead of a new constitutional amendment limiting his ability to become a lobbyist.

Democratic Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis resigned at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. That was one minute before a voter-approved amendment took effect requiring lawmakers to wait two years before registering as lobbyists.

State law had required only a six-month lobbyist waiting period.

Curtis, of Ferguson, will give up about $3,000 in salary by resigning a month before his term was to end. His resignation letter didn’t cite a reason.

There now are 13 vacancies in the 163-member House and three in the 34-member Senate. Nearly a third of those came after voters approved Constitutional Amendment 1 on Nov. 6.

Some left earlier to take jobs in Gov. Mike Parson’s administration.

Associated Press

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