This week, a bipartisan piece of legislation that would limit the lobbying activities of former legislators began circulating for co-sponsorship in the State Assembly and State Senate.
The bill, which is co-authored in the Assembly by state Reps. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire), Jim Ott (R-Mequon), and Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg) would prohibit former legislators from lobbying the Legislature for 12 months.
“For years, a revolving door has existed between the legislature and lobbying firms, and it’s time we close it,” said Brooks. “By implementing a cooling off period, we will reduce the likelihood that a legislator would place the interests of a potential future employer above the needs of his or her district. This bill allows each of us to demonstrate to the people that our priorities are where they need to be.”
The bill will circulate for co-sponsorship for approximately two weeks before official introduction.