Former lawmakers could have longer wait to lobby Pa. Legislature

    Pennsylvania’s fall legislative session begins in a few weeks, and among the hearings marking the gradual return to action is one on a variety of ethics-related proposals.

    A state House committee plans to survey a smorgasbord of options for how to police itself and other members of the Legislature.

    One proposal aims to slow the revolving door of government lobbying.

    State law requires public officials, including lawmakers, to wait a year after leaving government before they come back to peddle influence with the entity that employed them.

    That’s not long enough, according to state Rep. Frank Burns who favors increasing the time limit to two years,

    That change will minimize the chances that ex-legislators come back to lobby and see mostly familiar faces, he said, adding that a two-year gap wouldn’t be all that much of a handicap.

    The very highest ranking state senators have been in office for at least eight years, and the top House members have all been in for at least a decade.

    No other state in the country has a revolving door gap longer than two years.

    The vast majority of states mandate a gap of one year or less.

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