by Alabama Policy Institute
Alabama Policy Institute
February 06, 2014
Currently, members of the Alabama House of Representatives may resign and immediately lobby the Senate, or vice-versa, without a two year “cooling off” period due to a “Legislative Body Loophole.” As a result, legislators possess no incentive to remain in their elected position for a full term. Since 2010, Alabama taxpayers have paid for nearly a dozen special elections to fill the seats of resigned lawmakers who have gone on to do lobbying work. Rewriting the statute to ban a former member of the Legislature from lobbying the Legislature as a whole for the greater of two years or the remainder of the legislator’s term will provide for a more ethical and transparent government.

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