SENATE BILL 34
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
RELATING TO LOBBYING; PROHIBITING FORMER LEGISLATORS FROM ACCEPTING COMPENSATION AS LOBBYISTS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS AFTER THEIR SERVICE; PROHIBITING EMPLOYERS OF LOBBYISTS FROM COMPENSATING FORMER LEGISLATORS AS LOBBYISTS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS AFTER SERVICE; IMPOSING A PENALTY.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. A new section of the Lobbyist Regulation Act is enacted to read:
"[NEW MATERIAL] RESTRICTION ON LOBBYING BY STATE LEGISLATORS--PENALTY.--
A. A former state legislator shall not accept compensation as a lobbyist for a period of two calendar years after service as a state legislator.
B. A lobbyist's employer shall not compensate a former state legislator as a lobbyist for a period of two calendar years after the person served as a state legislator.
C. A person who violates a provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-19-1 NMSA 1978."
SECTION 2. APPLICABILITY.--The provisions of this act apply to all persons who hold the office of state legislator on or after July 1, 2023.
SECTION 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2023.
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