Efforts Targeting Double Dipping Could Get Boost

Government watchdogs swiftly criticized Gov. Rick Perry two years ago after he revealed that he was taking advantage of an obscure perk that allowed a long-serving elected official like him to collect both a salary and pension.

But efforts to ban the practice of double dipping, or even require disclosure of it, went nowhere this year in the Texas Legislature.

That could change when lawmakers meet again in 2015. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate to replace the retiring Perry, is pushing ethics reform and recently told a TV station he wanted to prohibit double dipping by politicians ...

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