Bill would regulate lobbying jobs

SANTA FE (KRQE) – When lawmakers retire from the Roundhouse or get voted out, many come back months later as high-paid lobbyists.

A Democratic state representative and the governor want to make that process a little harder.

Rep. Emily Kane’s bill would ban lawmakers and cabinet secretaries from becoming lobbyists until at least two years after they’ve served in Santa Fe.

“The sense of impropriety that comes with somebody thinking that we’re going directly from serving to turning around the other side and lobbying and having favors repaid, that kind of thing. I want to get rid of that,” said Kane, D-Albuquerque.

Lawmakers who violated the ban could be charged with a misdemeanor. At least 31 states have a similar ban in place.

Right now, two senators and one representative who served less than two years ago are registered lobbyists.