Dallas Morning News, March 30 - A Senate committee heard testimony this morning on an omnibus ethics bill aimed at curbing corruption in Texas politics.
Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, filed the bill that would prohibit all Texas elected officials from lobbying for at least one legislative session after leaving office, would prohibit those convicted of misdoing stemming from their office to collect state retirement benefits and expand disclosure requirements.
“If you’re going to work for the people, then you should work for the people and be beyond reproach as to whether or not you are working for the people,” Taylor said.
Taylor said too often legislators have left office often only to immediately turn around and lobby their former colleagues, to significant financial gains. Requiring a “cooling off” period of one legislative session would ease concerns as why and how someone voted on an issue.