In order to further the public’s interest in a free and independent legislature, elected officials shall not petition the body in which they served, either on their own behalf or on behalf of the interests of a third party, for a period of at least five years after the conclusion of their terms.
As noted earlier on in the series, our system has been thoroughly co-opted by wealthy special interests, to the point where our elected leaders are barely responsive to the public will at all. A significant part of the problem arises from the revolving door between industry and government. This cozy old-boy network regularly finds “regulators” selected directly from the boardrooms of the corporations they’re now allegedly watchdogging and legislators leaving office to slide directly into positions where they can use their government contacts to lobby their former colleagues.
This system serves everyone nicely – everyone except the public. In order to make government genuinely responsive to the will of the people we must take significant steps to put an end to systemic influence peddling.