Oklahoma State Senate|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January
Senator Debbe Leftwich
Senator Leftwich Files Ethics Bills on Elected Officials
Becoming Lobbyists and Banning Capitol Contributions
State Senator Debbe
Leftwich, D-OKC, has filed a bill that would prohibit any former
lawmaker or other elected official from becoming a lobbyist for
two years after leaving office. A second bill would prohibit any
elected official from accepting contributions within the State Capitol.
“The reason for both of these bills is simple—to improve
public confidence in the Legislature,” Leftwich said.
Senate Bill 258 would prohibit any member of the Legislature or
elected state officer from receiving any compensation or reimbursement
for personally engaging in lobbying for a period of two years after
their term has expired. If passed and signed into law, SB 258 would
become effective January 1, 2006.
“Under current law, an elected official can’t leave
office and work for the state or do a job that is funded with state
dollars for two years. I think we should extend that to include
a two-year moratorium on elected officials leaving office to become
lobbyists,” Leftwich said.
“I think it just looks bad to the public when someone leaves
in November and is back out here within a few months lobbying the
old members they served with as well as the new ones—I think
it feeds the perception that elected officials are just out here
taking care of themselves.”
Senate Bill 257 would forbid elected officials from accepting a
contribution from anyone in the State Capitol building. It also
states that if a contribution is received, it must immediately be
returned to the contributor without being accepted. If passed into
law, it would take effect on November 1, 2005.
Sen. Leftwich’s bills will be considered after the 2005 session
gets underway on February 7.
“We’re all here to serve the public—they’re
the ones who sent us here to represent them. I believe we have a
responsibility to assure them that their elected officials are worthy
of this trust. That’s what my legislation is about,”
more information contact:
Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774