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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 21, 2019 10:30 AM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Stopping the Revolving Door
In our state, lobbyists outnumber legislators five to one. And many of these lobbyists are former public officials who left office to pursue lucrative contracts working for special interest groups.

Public officials in Pennsylvania need only wait one year before lobbying the people they formerly worked with. This political “revolving door” – public officials and employees leaving office to become lobbyists – presents problems for our democracy that largely go unrecognized, unaccounted for, and unpoliced.

That’s why I’m introducing a bill that will institute a lifetime lobbying ban for all public officials while extending the waiting period for public employees from one year to two years.

It’s time for us to deal with this issue. It’s time for us to address the corruptive influence the revolving door has on our politics. It’s time for us to restore governmental integrity in our state.

I ask that you help me stop the revolving door by supporting this necessary legislation.

Introduced as HB2263