This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.
When a Texas Tribune reporter asked state Rep. Joe Pickett to voluntarily provide his last three tax returns as part of a legislative transparency project, the El Paso Democrat was frank. "It's hard enough being an elected official these days," he said. "I think that's way too much invasion of privacy."
It's a sentiment shared by virtually all of his colleagues.