JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers would need to wait six months after their term ends before lobbying under a compromise reached by a legislative panel.
House and Senate members Wednesday hashed out a tentative agreement on a bill to limit when lawmakers can lobby in the Capitol.
Legislators now can immediately lobby their former colleagues after leaving office. The push to close that revolving door comes as lawmakers are trying to tighten ethics policies following resignations last year of two lawmakers accused of inappropriate behavior toward interns.
Senators in February stripped the bill of a House-backed provision for a one-year waiting period.
Negotiators tentatively agreed on a six-month waiting period for current and future lawmakers.
The full House and Senate also would need to vote on the deal.