"Cooling Off" Bill Gets Chilly Reception in Senate

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Bills imposing or expanding cooling-off periods for former legislators and public officers received chilly receptions from the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections.

AB77 deals with state legislators. It would bar lawmakers from lobbying at the Legislature until after the next regular session following their exit from office. An amendment added in the Assembly would allow legislators to lobby if it's not the primary duty of their new job and if they are only lobbying for their immediate employer.

AB438 imposes a two-year cooling off period for local elected or appointed officials and members of the Nevada Board of Regents.

Both measures were approved early by the Assembly.

But members of the Senate panel questioned why such legislation is needed.

No action was taken Tuesday by the committee.