Lawmakers Collect Daily Pay Even in Recess

Bidness as Usual

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

Walk into the Texas Capitol and you’d hardly know the state Legislature has been called into a 30-day special session. The Texas House is in recess until June 17, and the Senate is taking most of the week off.

But every day of the special session, taxpayers are being billed for “per diem” payments that legislators are entitled to receive whether or not they’re at the Capitol — or even in the state. If every eligible lawmaker were to take full payment ...

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