Abbott Proposes Far-Reaching Ethics Reform

Attorney General Greg Abbott is promising to take an ambitious stab at reforming ethics in the notoriously loose Texas Legislature, where lawmakers routinely write or vote on bills that impact their private business interests and the public is often the last to know about it.

The proposal by the front-running candidate for Texas governor, released earlier this week, would put enforcement teeth into weak conflict-of-interest rules. It would even give citizens standing to sue when lawmakers blur ethical lines by failing to disclose potentially lucrative deals that intersect with their public roles or when they vote on bills that impact their ...

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