The House Oversight Committee passed the first group of ethics legislation to be heard by the House later this week .
Wrap: The committee chair -- Representative Jay Barnes -- chose four ethics bills to be heard by the committee, the most controversial creating a cooling-off period for legislators wanting to become lobbyists.
Committee member -- Representative Gina Mitten -- said that the bill is lacking a distinction between legislators who see their terms through and those who leave only a few months in.
|Description: Dont you think that they should at a minimum not be able to lobby until, that their clock should not start until, at a minimum their term, that they would have completed had they not resigned and left their constituents without any representation.|
A Democratic Representative voiced her concerns about a bill fast-tracked by legislative leaders to create a cooling-off period for legislators to become lobbyists.
Wrap: The House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee approved a bill that would require that legislators wait 6 months -- or one legislative session -- after their last term served in office before registering as a lobbyist.
Democratic Representative Gina Mitten took issue with the shortness of the "cooling off" period suggested in the bill.
|Description: I dont think it goes, yeah actually I'm not, I dont think it goes far enough for a number of reasons. First of all, you're talking about it being a year and its not really a year and second of all, which is my second question. So yeah I would be fine if it was a calendar year. I think that again you're using the term a year and that's not what your bill says.|
The Committee Chair -- Representative Jay Barnes -- said he was in support of a longer cooling-off period.