Legislative does little to improve ethics bills

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 7:20am

According to the Texas Tribune, little was done this Legislative session to improve ethics bills in the state.

Bills to strengthen reporting of lawmakers financial interests, prevent the quick revolving door that sends former legislators into the lobby, and stop the practice of allowing elected officials to draw down both their state salary and their pension, were never close to being approved.

Another bill with amendments that would have put lawmakers financial disclosure forms online, required groups to report spending on a speaker's race and to force lawmakers to disclose their contracts with government entities was entirely stripped and changed to keep even more information private.

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