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Statehouse Sitdown: 'Revolving Door' bill

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont lawmakers are trying to close what they see as a revolving door between state workers and the private industries they regulate.

Seventy-seven legislators are co-sponsoring a bill that would require government employees to have to wait one year before being able to take a job with a company they had regulatory control over.

Representative Kurt Wright says it's time for Vermont to catch up to the rest of the country on this.

"States across the country are passing these kinds of legislations," Wright says. "Some have a one year waiting period -- or cooling off period, they're called. Some are two or three years. There are 35 states that have some kind of legislation involving this -- some include legislators. And vermont is one of the minority of states that have no legislation regarding this."

Opponents of the bill worry the rule would discourage people from public service. Wright says similar laws haven't had that effect in other states.

The bill is currently in the Government Operations Committee.

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