The revolving door will not be slowed

From what you know about these guys, could you possibly have anticipated anything else?

Oklahoma legislators have declared that what they do once they leave state service is none of a watchdog agency’s business.

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission in February voted unanimously to bar legislators and other elected state officials from becoming lobbyists during their first two years out of office. It also voted to put the restriction on departing state agency heads.

On Wednesday, both the House and the Senate rejected those ethics rules on grounds the Ethics Commission had overstepped its bounds.

And Governor Fallin, about to run up against term limits, of course agreed.

4 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    8 May 2018 · 2:50 pm

    As I said on Twitter:for the news item “Oklahoma legislators reject ethical rules restricting when they can become lobbyists,” if they cut off those last six words, it would still be accurate :(

  2. Holly H »

    8 May 2018 · 3:09 pm

    Where else would Scott Pruitt have come from?

  3. McGehee »

    8 May 2018 · 5:41 pm

    The question is which side a court might have come down on. If the legislation establishing the OEC only referred to officeholders (or some such), there’s a fair argument that iformer/i officeholders are in fact beyond the commission’s authority.

    There may be other relevant factors, but it’s not always true that the right thing is also legal.

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