State Rep. Eddie Cheatham of Crossett has filed legislation for a two-year moratorium on legislator-lobbyist conversions, up from a one-year cooling off period defeated in the 2009 legislature. Allen Kerr is also talking about tightening rules on enhanced retirement benefits for local elected officials and on drawing both retirement and regular pay for the same job.
We'll know the legislature is serious about ethics when it bites the lobbyist hands that feed them. And water and whiskey them. I'll not be holding my breath.