Alabama’s own “cooling-off” statute has been in the news as more and more elected members of the House of Representatives and Senate resign to take lobbying positions. Nearly two-thirds of the states, including Alabama, place restrictions on the ability of public officials to lobby their former employer.  Passed in 1995, legislators designed the law to prevent conflicts of interest between former State officials, with a bevy of contacts and institutional knowledge, from leaving their elected positions to immediately lobby their former colleagues.

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