April 7, 2016 •
Missouri Legislature One Step Closer to Passing Revolving Door Ban
A revolving door ban, prohibiting legislators from serving in office one day and returning as lobbyists the next, has been a priority for the Missouri General Assembly as it considers sweeping ethics reform legislation.
The House passed a bill earlier in the year barring lawmakers from lobbying for one year after leaving office. The Senate removed the waiting period and wanted legislators to simply finish their respective terms before becoming lobbyists.
After months of deliberation and negotiation, a conference committee reached an agreement Wednesday both sides are likely to approve. The compromise would prohibit legislators from working as paid lobbyists for six months after their terms expire.
If both houses approve the committee’s recommendations, the bill will be sent to Gov. Jay Nixon for final approval.
Photo of the Missouri State Capitol by Nickbigd on Wikimedia Commons.
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