It’s saying a lot, but Rep. Robert Ross of Summersville, Mo., may have introduced the strangest bill yet to come out of the Missouri General Assembly.
House Bill 2610 proposes that an elected representative who serves at least two years in the Missouri House or Senate shall qualify to practice law in the state of Missouri.
And don’t think we’re just talking about drafting wills and finalizing estates. Ross’s bill would enable ex-legislators to don a judge’s robe in any circuit court in Missouri.
That’s right. Two years in the legislature and you’re golden. No LSAT tests, no stressful law school exams, no cramming for the Missouri Bar. Go right to the top.
Ross’s bill is not scheduled for a hearing, and perhaps it never will be, given the hilarity that broke out on Twitter as word got around.
Ross, a Republican, who is a self-employed land surveyor and owner of a shooting range, appears to want a diverse portfolio.
But no worries. The Senate recently killed a measure that would make it harder for lawmakers to become lobbyists immediately after leaving office. If this lawyer things doesn’t work out, there’s still that.