Nevada Advances Lobbying Cooling Off Period Bills

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers want to prohibit state legislators and elected or appointed officials on the local level from immediately taking jobs to lobby their colleagues.

The Assembly passed AB77 on a 40-1 vote Tuesday, a day after passing AB438.

There is currently no restriction on when a state lawmaker can lobby after serving and local officials have a one-year cooling off period.

The cooling off periods proposed would be two years for local officials and through the next regular session for state lawmakers.

Officials from the state level can lobby only if specifically for their direct employer, and if it's not their primary job. Local officials would be allowed to communicate with the body they served if employed by a public body.

Current officials are exempt from these measures.