New Mexico’s Governor Calls for Revolving Door Restrictions - State and Federal Communications

January 23, 2012  •  

New Mexico’s Governor Calls for Revolving Door Restrictions

Gov. Susana MartinezGovernor Susana Martinez has endorsed legislative efforts to impose a two-year ban on lobbying for lawmakers. The forthcoming bill may also include civil or criminal penalties if legislators took lobbying jobs sooner than prescribed. All appointees of Governor Martinez have agreed to two-year bans on becoming lobbyists after leaving the position, but she wants formal legislation to hold state lawmakers to the same standard.

State Senator Dede Feldman has proposed Senate Bill 103, which would bar former legislators from lobbying for a shorter one-year period after leaving office. Currently, New Mexico’s lawmakers can quit their office and immediately begin lobbying, just as former state senator Kent Cravens did in September.

Photo of Governor Susana Martinez courtesy of the New Mexico State Government.

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