Okla. voters could decide legislator state job ban

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 6:05 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters would decide whether to ban legislators from working for the state for two years after leaving office under a bill passed by a House committee.

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday passed a joint resolution to place the issue on the 2014 general election ballot. The bill still must clear the House Calendar Committee before being considered by the full House.

The Oklahoma Constitution already bans ex-legislators from being employed by the state for up to two years after leaving office, but a 2005 attorney general's opinion says such employment is allowed if the salary is paid from funds other than state appropriations.

The resolution by Edmond Republican Rep. Marian Cooksey would prohibit such employment, regardless of the revenue source for the salary.

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House Joint Resolution 1007: http://bit.ly/YAe2Uu

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