Missouri among leaders for lawmakers becoming lobbyists
Monday, February 16, 2009 | 11:49 a.m. CST
ST. LOUIS — Twenty-five Missouri lawmakers have become
lobbyists since 2001 — the year before term limits started forcing them
out of the state legislature.
A 2005 study by the Center for
Public Integrity ranked Missouri fifth in the nation for the number of
lobbyists who had served in the legislature.
Under Missouri law,
an ex-lawmaker can become a lobbyist immediately after leaving office.
But the revolving door has some current lawmakers concerned. They are
suggesting a one-year waiting period before a former elected state
official can try to influence former colleagues.
The St. Louis
Post-Dispatch reports that 26 states and Congress have some kind of
freeze on lobbying. Neighboring Iowa and Kentucky make ex-lawmakers
wait for two years.
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