Lawmaker: Legislators should never become lobbyists

State Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, has an idea for future politicians to ponder: If you ever serve in the Legislature, you’re prohibited from becoming a lobbyist.

For a number of years, politicians and some consumer-oriented groups have complained about lawmakers who finish their elected duties, then come back to Missouri's Capitol as paid lobbyists for special interest groups.

Lamping had pre-filed a bill to require lawmakers to wait two years after leaving office, before they could begin lobbying. But, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate’s Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee, Lamping announced he’d thought about his idea some more.

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