The U.S. Supreme Court has said it will hear issues raised by a South Ogden Internal Revenue Service employee who says a ban on moonlighting by federal employees violates the U.S. Constitution.
The case stems from a lawsuit filed on behalf of Internal Revenue Service tax examiners Jan Adams Grant of South Ogden and Thomas Fishell of Dallas.A clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist said Wednesday that Rehnquist has asked the full court to look into the matter.
The high court has ordered the U.S. Solicitor General's Office to submit motions by Thursday on whether the high court should temporarily ban enforcement of changes to the Ethics Reform Act that went into effect Jan. 1.
The changes were enacted in hopes of reducing the influence of special-interest and lobbying groups on Congress by giving representatives a salary increase of $28,500 while taking away up to $26,850 a year in allowable honorariums for appearances and speaking engagements. But the bill also banned federal workers from earning outside pay.
Grant conducts earthquake preparedness seminars and writes environmental articles when she is not working for the IRS. Fishell is an ordained minister and performs weddings and funerals in his spare time.