The House Telecommunications committee held a hearing the Jefferson City Country Club.
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The House Telecommunications committee held a hearing the Jefferson City Country Club.

Date: January 27, 2015
By: Katie Hynes
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Members of one Missouri House committee held an official meeting at a country club near the Capitol.
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Wrap: Instead of meeting in the state Capitol building members of the Telecommunications Committee were treated to a three course dinner at the Jefferson City Country Club.

The dinner was paid for by the Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association, a lobbyist group for telephone, wireless, and broadband companies. 

Committee chair Bart Korman of Montgomery referred to the dinner as an informational meeting soon after calling the meeting to order.

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Description: "This is just an informational meeting there's no bills presented tonight or anything like that. But it is an informational meeting, an organizational meeting."

About half of the committee was present at the dinner.

House Minority Leader Jake Hummel refused to attend the dinner because he thought it was unethical. 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.

 

 
Intro: 
A country club in Jefferson City was the official meeting place for one House committee.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Less than half of the House Telecommunications Committee attended a hearing at the Jefferson City Country Club. 

The only item on the agenda was to listen to a presentation by the Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association.

MTIA not only paid for the room, but also treated the members to a three course meal.

House Minority Leader Jake Hummel refused to attend the dinner because he thought it was unethical. 

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Run Time:  00:13
Description: "I think it's a bad idea to pretend that you're going to do state business, notice up a committee meeting at a country club. I think it sets a bad precedent I think this is one of the reasons why we need ethics reform."

Committee chair Bart Korman of Montgomery referred to the dinner as an informational meeting and had not qualms about hosting it at the country club.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.


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