The House approved a measure to prevent former legislators and cabinet secretaries from working as paid lobbyists for two years after they leave their positions.
Supporters of the proposal said the current "revolving door" practice undermines public trust in government because it gives the appearance that former public officials are cashing in on the connections they developed while on the job.
The bill passed the House on a 43-23 vote Thursday and was sent to the Senate for consideration.
Democratic Rep. Emily Kane of Albuquerque said there are 26 former legislators and cabinet secretaries are working as lobbyists.
House Republican Leader Donald Bratton of Hobbs opposed the bill, saying the state doesn't have a right to restrict unsalaried legislators in what they can do after leaving office.
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