NASHVILLE — Tennesseans serving on state boards and commissions would have a one-year cooling-off period after leaving the respective board before they could lobby for interests regulated by the same panel under a bill that passed the Senate today.
The measure passed on a 23-8 vote.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, said the measure “tightens up” ethics legislation that currently bans registered lobbyists from serving on boards.
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Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...