Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson
announced Jan. 12 that, along with state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, he has reintroduced the government ethics proposal that would establish a one-year
lobbying prohibition for former high-ranking state officials.
stands with current state law, state officials and employees can leave their
state job and become a lobbyist the following day.
“I continue to believe it is unacceptable for a government
official to conclude their public service on Friday and begin paid corporate
lobbying on Monday,” Carlyle said. “I’m committed to partnering with Attorney General Ferguson and
Rep. Mike Pellicciotti until this important ethics improvement is the law of the land.”
Washington received a D+ grade for government accountability in 2015 from the Center for
Public Integrity. The center’s scorecard examined the state’s rules related to
disclosure, accountability and influence peddling. The low grade came partially
because the state lacks a “cooling off” period, a mandated time between a state
employee leaving office and taking up lobbying.
“I wouldn’t accept a D+ grade from my kids,
and the people of Washington shouldn’t accept it from their government,” Ferguson said.