Time to Take a Look at Cutting Ethical Corners

Bidness as Usual

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

It’s been 20 years since a scandal-driven Texas Legislature overhauled the state’s ethics laws. Gently put, officeholders have figured out how to cut some corners.

A small example to make the point: They can’t convert campaign funds to personal use, but they can use those funds to rent cars used in their political campaigns. Rules are made to be broken, right? They just have to be reasserted, or revised, from time to time.

Maybe it’s time. The Texas Ethics Commission is up ...

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