Texas Railroad Commission Seeks To Slow Revolving Door

Law360, New York (July 18, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT) -- The Texas Railroad Commission on Tuesday adopted rules designed to eliminate potential conflicts of interest among high-level employees who later go to work for private-sector energy companies that seek to influence policy or regulatory decisions of the agency.

The revolving-door policy was proposed by Chairman Barry Smitherman and prohibit current and former commissioners and executive directors from advocating before the commission that regulates the oil, gas mining and pipeline industries within two years of leaving the agency. The rules also disallow former employees from ever appearing...
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