Questions of Contradiction in Ethics Bills

Bidness as Usual

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

All session long, freshman state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione has been clamoring for greater transparency, trying to force lawmakers and their relatives to disclose their contracts with government agencies and shine a light on closely held state pension benefits. When his first transparency bill got a committee hearing, his senior House colleagues effectively showed him the door.  

But when it came time this week to vote on Senate Bill 346, a measure that would force certain tax-exempt, politically active nonprofits to disclose ...

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