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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has passed a measure that bans lawmakers and the state's top elected officials from serving as lobbyists while in office.

The bill approved by the Senate on a 34-0 vote Monday expands state law, which already prohibits legislators from being registered lobbyists in Arkansas while in office. The measure expands that ban to lobbying outside the state and also applies to the state's constitutional officers.

The lobbying ban will also apply to between the period the officials are elected and when they take office. The measure now heads to the House.

The proposal is among several ethics bills House and Senate leaders introduced in response to federal corruption probes that have involved former lawmakers and lobbyists.

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  • Skeptic1
    February 18, 2019 at 7:19 p.m.

    Big whoop, they become lobbyists after hey leave office cashing in on their inside information. Banning them from being a lobbyist for three years after leaving office is the norm...way to engage in busy work.

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