The Southern's editorial Wednesday brings up an interesting topic - Illinois lawmakers becoming lobbyists - a revolving door:
State legislators can take jobs as lobbyists immediately after their time as lawmaker is done.
That means a lame-duck legislator can support a particular bill that sends money into one business or sector and then leave the General Assembly and begin working for that company or in that sector the next day. It stinks, but it’s still legal.
Thirty-five states have laws that force lawmakers to wait between six months and two years before taking a job as a lobbyist.
It’s time for Illinois to pass a law making lawmakers wait at least a year before becoming lobbyists.
Read more HERE. Would you support as law banning lawmakers from moving directly from working for taxpayers to companies or sectors? Or would that restrict free enterprise?