APNewsBreak: Numbers of Maine lawmakers who went on to lobby

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APNewsBreak: Numbers of Maine lawmakers who went on to lobby
FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, the State House is surrounded by fall foliage in Augusta, Maine. At least 14 Democrats and eight Republican lawmakers in Maine have gone on to register as paid lobbyists in the past three decades, a practice that is being targeted by a bill advancing in the Legislature. The Maine House and Senate last week advanced a bill to ban future lawmakers from any paid lobbying within their first year out of office. The state ethics commissions had called for the change in 2017. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An analysis by The Associated Press finds that at least 22 former Maine lawmakers registered as lobbyists within months of leaving office in the past three decades.

What’s more, the AP’s analysis found that 10 of them registered as lobbyists within the same year of leaving office.

The figures are incomplete because some part-time lobbyists don’t have to register as such.

The Maine Legislature is advancing a proposal to ban future lawmakers from any paid lobbying within their first year out of office.

Critics say the so-called revolving door boosts the influence of lobbyists who trade on their political connections to advance special interests.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills hasn’t taken a position on the legislation, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Justin Chenette.