The Maine Senate rejected June 2 a bill that would have widened the conflict of interest law.

The Senate voted 20-13 to defeat LD 1260. The majority of the members of the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee had recommended rejection of the bill, sponsored by Sen. John Patrick, D-Rumford.

Under current law and rules of the Legislature, a legislator is prohibited from voting on legislation on the grounds of conflict of interest only if the legislator or certain family members or business associates would derive a unique and distinct benefit from the legislation.

LD 1260 amends existing law in that a legislator would face a conflict of interest in voting if the legislator or an immediate family member or close economic associate of the legislator would benefit or be harmed by the legislation to a degree that is significantly greater than similarly situated people.

The bill also prohibits a person who served as a legislator from lobbying until one year after that person’s term ends and prohibits a person who has been registered as a lobbyist from serving as an official in the executive branch until one year after that person’s registration as a lobbyist expires.

The bill also subjects the transition team of a governor-elect to the laws governing freedom of access.

All three local Republican senators — Sens. Christopher Rector of Thomaston, A. David Trahan of Waldoboro, and Michael Thibodeau of Winterport — voted to kill the bill.

The House has not voted on the proposal.