The state senate’s debate on new ethical standards for lawmakers and candidates has stalled on a proposal to ban legislators from becoming lobbyists after they leave office

Senator Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau wants the ban to last for two years and include more than lobbying. He knows his chances are limited for getting approval for his plan.”I give it one in a million shot that this General Assembly is actually going to prevent itself from being lobbyists,” he says.

The Senate also is considering whether to ban former lawmakers from being appointed to judgeships. The hang-up that has stopped debate is whether to ban former legislators from returning to the Capitol after their terms to work as aides to other lawmakers.

The ethics bill has been set aside without a vote being taken on Crowell’s amendment.