Rep. Jim Dines
SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation today that would bar state officials from becoming lobbyists immediately after leaving their government post.
The bill (HB 241), which passed by a 57-10 vote, would require elected officials and some government workers to wait two years after leaving their post to become a paid lobbyist.
“This bill will bring more integrity to government, and we owe that to the people,” said Rep. Jim Dines, R-Bernalillo, the bill’s sponsor. “I am glad my colleagues joined me in voting for this common-sense legislation.”
This legislation would bring New Mexico in line with 32 other states that have similar bans in place.
The ban includes statewide elected officials, former public regulation commissioners, state legislators and cabinet secretaries. Gov. Susana Martinez has a similar two-year lobbying ban for administration officials.