Lawmakers Slam Disclosure Bill and Freshman Carrying It

Members of a powerful legislative committee on Wednesday rebuked freshman Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, over a transparency bill he filed that would require legislators to disclose government contracts with businesses in which they or their family own at least a 50 percent stake.

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, a member of the House State Affairs Committee, painted Capriglione’s House Bill 524 as a “vendetta” and called the legislator “sour grapes," accusing him of bringing politics — and in particular his successful effort to unseat former state Rep. Vicki Truitt — into his lawmaking.

“There’s a concern you’ve got bad motives,” ...

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