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Lobby-free zone expands

You might have missed the very first vote of the new General Assembly this week.

On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously adopted a resolution establishing rules for the session, including banning lobbyists from rushing onto the floor after the end of each day's session.

Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican from Hendersonville, said it was a 15-minute "cooling off" period, during which lobbyists will not be allowed. Lobbyists can continue to stake out lawmakers outside the chambers, and catch them as they retreat to their offices or as they arrive.


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Lobby free zone

This is a good idea. Rules will have to be put in place because I don't think lobbyists even existed during the days of Democrat control. The Republicans have brought lobbyists to Raleigh. What will they do next?

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