Legislation introduced for the upcoming legislation session in Dover would require state officials to disclose whether a family member works for state government, a public school, university or an agency that receives tax dollars.
In the past there have been incidents where money was funneled into nonprofits where legislators had family members drawing large salaries; this bill is a good start, but not far-reaching enough.
Attempts at two other bills I consider more important have failed to get out of committee. One is where a legislator who draws an annual salary of over $50,000 per year, plus mileage, an expense account, all the free meals they can get from lobbyists and other perks, can hold another state job, usually one paying a higher salary than they draw as a legislator. How can they claim being a legislator is a full-time job if they hold a full-time job?
The argument for double dipping, and a poor one, that the experience these legislators have with their state job helps other members of the General Assembly by having these legislators working in government??
The next bill that has sunk whenever it is brought up is to disallow anyone who serves in the legislature not to be able to have a lobbyist position when they leave. This would assure a legislator doesn’t favor a particular company while serving the public, and then reap the rewards of a position after they leave.
Look at the officers in the Pentagon allowing huge over runs with government contracts; when they retire they are hired by these companies at large salaries as ‘consultants’ another word for “Thank you”.
We’ll probably never see either of these bills pass; why cut off your nose to spite your face? It’s only tax payers money we’re dealing with here.