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Lobbying Ban Would Be Toughest In Nation

House Speaker Richard Corcoran's proposal for a six-year lobbying ban for former legislators and top officials would be the toughest in the nation.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran's proposal for a six-year lobbying ban for former legislators and top officials would be the toughest in the nation.

A new study by the National Council of State Legislatures shows Florida lawmakers would face the toughest lobbying restrictions in the county under a proposal by House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran's proposal for a six-year lobbying ban for former legislators and top officials would be the toughest in the nation.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran's proposal for a six-year lobbying ban for former legislators and top officials would be the toughest in the nation.

The study shows 34 other states have some form of Florida’s two-year cooling off period, but none comes close to Corcoran’s call for six years. House Public Ethics and Integrity Committee Chairman Larry Metz says Florida would be in a league of its own.

“One expires at the close of session which the legislator last served, or six months after leaving office, whichever occurs later. So there are some nuances there, but they are generally shorter than the two years we have now.”

The measure would require a constitutional amendment and approval of 60 percent of voters. The ban would apply only to members sworn in after November 8 th of last year and agency heads appointed after July 1 of this year.

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