- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A new ethics bill the Legislature will consider would bar state elected officials and their top aides from lobbying state government for a year after leaving their jobs.

The Seattle Times reports ( https://bit.ly/1x4gPGE ) the legislation, which will be introduced next week, would apply the one-year cooling-off period to all statewide elected officials, legislators and directors of cabinet-level agencies. It would also cover top staff of the governor, attorney general and other statewide elected officials, as well as senior legislative staff.

The directors and top staff at smaller state agencies would be banned for a year from lobbying their former agencies, but could immediately go to work influencing other parts of state government.

The measure is being pushed by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle.

“Come hell or high water we are going to fix the ‘Friday to Monday’ problem, where someone concludes their public service on a Friday and becomes a formal paid lobbyist on a Monday morning,” Carlyle said.

The National Conference of State Legislators says at least 32 states have cooling-off periods of a year or more for state legislators and some other public employees.

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