Gubernatorial candidates voice support for stricter lobbying laws

A hard-fought battle to impose restrictions on lawmakers who want to leap into the potentially lucrative world of lobbying may not be over.

This spring, Missouri lawmakers approved a six-month waiting period before members of the House and Senate could register as lobbyists as part of a push to polish the tarnished image of Jefferson City. The proposal was quickly signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

Heading into the 2016 election cycle, all four Republican candidates for governor, as well as the presumptive Democratic nominee, say six months is not enough, raising the possibility that the debate over waiting periods isn’t over.

The most restrictive proposal comes from former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, who wants to pass legislation that would match up the waiting period with the length of service of a lawmaker and ban statewide officeholders from ever engaging in lobbying once they leave office.

The other candidates, however, are calling for upgrades to the current law and a lengthier cooling-off period to ensure lawmakers aren’t cashing in on their public experience.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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