For Ethics Commission, Big Hurdles to Reform

Bidness as Usual

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

Shortly after the close of the 82nd Legislature, state Sen. Mike Jackson made an unusual request. The La Porte Republican asked Gov. Rick Perry to veto a measure he had just amended.

Jackson's amendment, added to an ethics bill passed in the last 48 hours of the regular legislative session, was meant to eliminate fines against candidates and officeholders who make innocent clerical errors on their campaign finance reports. As written and quickly passed, it would have required the state to ...

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