LITTLE ROCK — Legislation to require constitutional officers, judges and employees in their offices to wait one year after they leave their state job before they can register as a lobbyist in Arkansas was endorsed by a Senate committee Tuesday.
Currently, a one year "cooling off" period is required of legislators.
"Obviously ethics is something I care very deeply about, in terms of our work, and I thought it only fitting to extend the same prohibitions that we’re under to the executive branch and the judicial branch, as well," Sen. David Sanders, R-Little Rock, said after the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee endorsed Senate Bill 331.
The bill now goes to the Senate.
The Legislature in 2011 imposed a one-year ban on ex-legislators becoming lobbyists.
Under SB 331, all of the state’s constitutional officers, Supreme Court justices, state Court of Appeals judges, circuit and district court judges would be required to wait a year. Employees in those offices also would fall under the one-year prohibition, as well as members of the state Public Service Commission.