Lawmaker Concerned With Language In Lobbying Law
In the past couple of months, three republicans have quit the Legislature to take jobs elsewhere. One of their fellow Republican legislators says he's concerned about why they're leaving before the end of their terms and the type of jobs they're taking.
State Representatives Jay Love, Barry Mask and Jim Barton have recently left the Alabama House of Representatives after taking other jobs, which now means three special elections are ahead to fill their seats.
While the resignations are a concern for Republican State Representative, Paul Beckman, he says it's the bigger picture that has him worried...
He says since the 2010 election, there've already been 9 special elections.. so now he wants to re-visit the the law that's supposed to stop lawmakers from turning around to become lobbyists.
Although that code does not specifically say "house or senate." Beckman thinks that could be a loophole for those who lobby before what he says is supposed to be a 2-year prohibitive period if former house members lobby in the senate and former senators lobby the house.
Alabama News Network tried to contact Barry Mask and Jay Love about whether they had taken lobbying jobs -- Mask did not return our calls. Love had no comment.