Columbus Dispatch:Court throws out Ohio’s ‘revolving door’ lobbying law

Written by admin on February 19th, 2010

State can’t make ex-lawmakers wait to advocate, federal judge rules.

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Ohio lawmakers can step down from office today and start lobbying their colleagues before the weekend begins under a federal court ruling yesterday that tossed out Ohio’s “revolving door” law.

For years, Ohio has required former lawmakers and legislative staff members to wait 12 months before being allowed to lobby their former colleagues. The goal, particularly in this age of eight-year term limits, was to limit opportunities for quid pro quos, undue influence or other general corruption.

But the U.S. District Court for southern Ohio tossed out the law, ruling in favor of former state Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr., a Cincinnati Republican who left the legislature because of term limits at the end of 2008 but said he wanted to lobby right away on behalf of the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)


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