The open government track at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival featured panel discussions on what legislators should disclose, open records, state budget transparency and "dark money" vs. donor privacy. Listen to audio from each session:
Tribune News Editor Corrie MacLaggan moderated the "How Much Should Legislators Disclose?" session, which got the Open Government track kicked off. Panelists included state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, Texas Ethics Commission Chairman Jim Clancy, Texas Ethics Commissioner Wilhelmina Delco, state Rep. Jeff Leach and former state Rep. Steve Wolens.
The track's second session, "Putting the 'Open' in Open Records," was moderated by Tribune News Apps Developer Becca Aaronson. On the panel were the Bryan-College Station Eagle Editor Kelly Brown, Democratic Attorney General Nominee Sam Houston, lawyer Joe Larsen, Texas General Land Office Open Records Commissioner Hadassah Schloss and University of Texas System Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Dan Sharphorn.
The "Is the Texas Budget Transparent?" panel was next up and moderated by Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey. It featured Center for Public Policy Priorities senior budget analyst Eva DeLuna Castro, GOP Comptroller Nominee Glenn Hegar and state Reps. Donna Howard, Jim Pitts and David Simpson.
The track's final panel, "Dark Money" vs. Donor Privacy," was moderated by Center for Public Integrity Senior Political Reporter Dave Levinthal. Featured were Sunlight Foundation Editorial Director Bill Allison, state Rep. Byron Cook, Baker Hostetler Associate Andrew Grossman, Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating and Texas Ethics Commissioner Chase Untermeyer.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating as Andrew Keating.