Abbott Proposes Far-Reaching Ethics Reform

Attorney General Greg Abbott is promising to take an ambitious stab at reforming ethics in the notoriously loose Texas Legislature, where lawmakers routinely write or vote on bills that impact their private business interests and the public is often the last to know about it.

The proposal by the front-running candidate for Texas governor, released earlier this week, would put enforcement teeth into weak conflict-of-interest rules. It would even give citizens standing to sue when lawmakers blur ethical lines by failing to disclose potentially lucrative deals that intersect with their public roles or when they vote on bills that impact ...

Full Story

Comment Policy

The Texas Tribune is pleased to provide the opportunity for you to share your observations about this story. We encourage lively debate on the issues of the day, but we ask that you refrain from using profanity or other offensive speech, engaging in personal attacks or name-calling, posting advertising, or wandering away from the topic at hand. To comment, you must be a registered user of the Tribune, and your user name will be displayed. Thanks for taking time to offer your thoughts.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Sign-Up