Rules Against Legislators Lobbying State Government After They Leave Office
At least 32 states have enacted a “cooling-off period” before a former legislator can come back to work at the legislature as a lobbyist. Also known as revolving door laws, statutes range from Maryland, where the ban is until the conclusion of the next regular session, to eight states─Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, and New York─that ban former legislators for two years.
Florida's two year ban applies to lobbying the body in which a member served, as well as the executive branch. In Minnesota, the ban only applies to House members, not those in the Senate, and exists in chamber rule. Ohio formerly had a one year ban, but the law was overturned by a federal district court in 2010. Delaware, Missouri, New Mexico and Wisconsin exempt legislators and certain legislative staff from their laws. Statutes in Kansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma restrict former legislators from certain contracting with government opportunities.
This table is intended to provide general information and does not necessarily address all aspects of this topic. Because the facts of each situation may vary, this information may need to be supplemented by consulting legal advisers.