Lawmakers Take First Steps Toward Reforming Ethics Commission

The Texas Ethics Commission has two basic jobs. First, it’s the state’s repository for candidates' campaign filings and lobbyist disclosure forms. Second, it's supposed to police the system and make sure people are complying with the rules. State government watchdogs like Craig McDonald of Texans for Public Justice say the problem is that it only does that first function well.

Audio: Ben Philpott's story for KUT News

“It’s getting a little better, but as it gets better the tendency in the Legislature is to clip its wings," McDonald said. "It gets all its money from the Legislature, and ...

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