Friday, September 12, 2008
Here We Go Again
Yet another state lawmaker is becoming a lobbyist. State Rep. Mike Ripley, who did not seek re-election this year, will become a lobbyist for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce one day after this November's election according to the Associated Press. Indiana is one of a minority of states which does not mandate a waiting period for ex-lawmakers before they can become lobbyists. Until the Indiana legislature fixes this problem, expect those of us who believe in honest and open government to affix the absolute worst of motives to your actions. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce should be ashamed of itself for taking up this sleazy practice of hiring ex-lawmakers as lobbyists immediately upon their departure.