Lawmaker Wants AG Opinion on Governor's Legal Bill

A state lawmaker wants to know if it’s legal to have taxpayers foot the $450-an-hour bill for the attorney hired to defend Gov. Rick Perry in a grand jury investigation.

State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Port Arthur, on Friday sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asking for a legal opinion.

“What authority, if any, can the attorney general authorize hiring private counsel for the governor?" Deshotel asks in his four-page letter to Abbott. “If authority to hire private counsel exists, how would the attorney general authorize payment for such private counsel?”

A grand jury in Austin is ...

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