Leaving the Legislature, but Not Going Too Far

Bidness as Usual


This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.

It is a familiar sight at the start of every legislative session in Austin.

The latest batch of former legislators, who have left their House or Senate seats either by their own choice or that of the voters, invariably includes some who quickly begin careers as lobbyists hoping to influence former colleagues on behalf of deep-pocketed clients.

A handful of lawmakers and critics have pushed for years to close the “revolving door," as the practice strikes them as unethical or unseemly. In ...

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