Lawmakers pass 'cooling off' requirement for ex-legislators

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada senators have passed a measure that would require a "cooling off" period for former legislators who want to become lobbyists.

Republican Assemblyman Pat Hickey is sponsoring AB273, which passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday and passed the Assembly unanimously in April.

The measure would prohibit former Nevada lawmakers from working as a contract lobbyist during the first legislative session after they leave office.

The bill would allow former lawmakers to lobby if it was part of their job and they have significant other duties aside from lobbying. The measure wouldn't take effect until after the 2016 election.

Hickey said the bill was an important ethical measure and would help prevent the appearance that former legislators have undue influence on their former colleagues.

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