JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who resigned just one minute before new lobbying limits took effect says he quit in order to focus on private-sector business possibilities.
Democratic Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, of Ferguson, resigned at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. That was one minute before a voter-approved amendment took effect requiring lawmakers to wait two years before registering as lobbyists.
State law had required only a six-month lobbyist waiting period.
Curtis said Thursday that the timing was intentional. He said he’s starting an online sports-experience marketing company and wants to pursue a grant from a state-funded entity.
Curtis says he doesn’t foresee himself registering as a lobbyist but wants to leave open that possibility if necessary.
Several other lawmakers also resigned in the days leading up to the lobbying amendment taking effect.