Freshman Lawmaker Gets a Lesson in Pack Behavior

Bidness as Usual


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

Only the brave and the foolish go against the legislative pack — even when they are on the side of the angels.

State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, in his first appearance before a legislative committee, got a full hazing as the author of an ethics bill that apparently sounds better to the people who don’t have to comply than to the officeholders it would regulate.

Capriglione, a freshman, came to Austin with what seems like an idea born in a high school ...

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