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Texas bill to increase transparency in public records law left in limbo despite passing Legislature

The bill would close a long-standing loophole in state law that allows officials to withhold law enforcement records if no one was convicted in a case. The measure was the only bill sent to the Senate that did not get signed and sent to the governor.

By Vianna Davila, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica
From left: Lt. Gov Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan.

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