The Roundhouse “revolving door” could be slowed down this year if the Legislature passes a bill that would prohibit legislators from becoming lobbyists for two years after leaving office. The measure cleared its first committee Tuesday.
The House Business and Industry Committee voted 6-5 to give a do-pass recommendation to House Bill 82, sponsored by Rep. Emily Kane, D-Albuquerque. The bill also would apply to public regulation commissioners and Cabinet secretaries. Employers would be prohibited from paying such officials to lobby until the two-year moratorium was over. Under the bill, violations would be considered misdemeanors, with a maximum sentence of one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.
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