State House Debates Anti-Lobbying Bill


By Alabama News Network

Lawmakers are still worried about elected officials leaving to take high paying lobbying jobs.

There's a bill to keep that from happening this year, but it's taking time to get all the details worked out.
If a state representative resigns, he could currently start lobbying the senate, or vice versa. This new bill would put a stop to that. 
Lawmakers are still sore after three house representatives, including Barry Mask and Jay Love from our area, resigned their positions to take better job opportunities last year. 
The new revolving door act would prevent members from lobbying in either house for two years after their term is finished.
Senator Hank Sanders has had a lot of discussion on the floor because he wants to be sure the law applies to everyone.
"I want the law to be so strict so everybody knows what the law is. And the law can be applied equally across the board. I just want fairness, that's all I want," said Sen. Sanders.
And Republicans are happy to entertain the discussion. The measure is part of the house republican agenda, and senate pro tem Del Marsh has made it his priority as well. 
"I'm committed on that bill. And I don't want anything that's happened this week to look like a delay. It's not. I think what we're trying to do is keep that tone. That is a bill that has more questions than most and concerns. So let's get it right and involve the whole body like we're doing," said Sen. Marsh.