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Ark. House, Senate to consider ethics reforms

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Legislative leaders in Arkansas are trying to tackle a beast that's outwitted generations of lawmakers before them: ethics reform.

House Speaker Robert Moore and Senate President Paul Bookout say they plan to file legislation Monday that proposes caps on travel reimbursements and a year long break before former lawmakers can become lobbyists.

That so-called "cooling off" period aims to stop legislators from being swayed by offers of lobbying jobs before they've finished their terms. It would affect lawmakers who are elected or re-elected for future sessions, but not current lawmakers who won't return.

The bill would also cap reimbursements for legislative travel, limiting such expenses to the cost of whichever method is cheapest: flying or driving.

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