Revolving Door Laws: Avoiding the Appearance of Conflict of Interest
By Peggy Kerns| Vol . 21, No. 40 / October 2013
State legislators develop significant knowledge of policy issues and the legislative process while in office, making them marketable when their terms end. They may move to the executive branch or take governmental affairs positions with trade associations, businesses or nonprofits. An obvious profession is to return to the capitol as a lobbyist, offering former lawmakers a way to stay involved in the public arena. Legislators usually are good communicators, and lobbying allows them to effectively use their well-honed skills. Often, their relationships with former colleagues give them access that may not immediately be available to others.
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