September 10, 2010

Oceguera proposes two-year cooling off period

It appears Arberry's little stunt might be the straw the breaks the camel's back:

Assembly Majority Leader John Oceguera announced Wednesday he will propose a two-year cooling off period before former legislators can serve as legislative lobbyists.

His announcement comes a day after the Clark County Commission rejected a contract to allow former Assemblyman Morse Arberry, D-Las Vegas, to serve as a lobbyist for the district courts and justices courts in Clark County.

Plenty of other states have implemented cooling off periods like this and are doing just fine.

It still faces considerable hurdles — we're asking for politicians to voluntarily deny themselves cushy post-Legislature jobs, after all — but the backlash to Arberry's actions might be severe enough to continue to drive this issue.