By resigning last week, state Rep Harold Brubaker can begin lobbying when the legislature returns in January at the start of its 2013 session, Chris Fitzsimon of NC. Policy Watch notes.
Brubaker, a former House speaker, is resigning now because there is a six month cooling off period before a legislator can register as a lobbyist. “His resignation six months before the end of his term to cash in is ridiculous and makes a mockery of the efforts to stop the revolving door between legislating and lobbying,” Fitzsimon writes on his blog, The Follies.“When the current lobbying law was being debated several years ago, good government groups wanted at least a two-year cooling off period, but lawmakers would have none of it. Too much money to be made.'' Read more here.