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Texas Legislature 2021

A false date rape drugging accusation against a lobbyist exposed claims of his role in the Texas Capitol’s culture of sexual harassment

HillCo lobbyist Rick Dennis did not slip GHB into the drinks of two legislative staffers, an investigation found. But a history of complaints against him for inappropriate behavior raises questions about how seriously the Legislature takes misconduct.

The state Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The false allegation

“An unbearably hostile work environment”

“I was not congenial”  

“We will address this quickly”

“Standing up for decency” 

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