House passes lobbying reform bill

The state House has passed a bill that will not allow lawmakers to leave office and immediately start lobbying former colleagues.

House Bill 13 is sponsored by State Representative John Kowalko, and it would require lawmakers to wait one year after leaving the General Assembly before becoming a lobbyist. A violation would be a misdemeanor, and it applies to any legislator serving after January 1, 2015.

There was one amendment to exempt uncompensated lobbying activities from the one-year waiting period. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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