House would extend lobbying ban for ex-lawmakers


House leaders appear poised to again seek to extend a lobbying ban for lawmakers after they leave office.

House Public Integrity & Ethics Chairman Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, filed a bill (HB 5) on Tuesday that would bar lawmakers and statewide elected officials from lobbying the Legislature or state agencies for six years after they leave office.

Under current law, lawmakers are barred from lobbying the Legislature for two years after leaving office, while statewide elected officials cannot lobby their former agencies for two years.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, made a priority of such proposals during the 2017 session, but the Senate did not go along.

The new bill is filed for the 2018 session, which starts in January. Metz has been a key ally of Corcoran on the issues.