With a conflict disclosure system rife with holes, virtually toothless ethics laws often left to the interpretation of the lawmakers they are supposed to regulate, and a Legislature historically unwilling to make itself more transparent, Texans know exceedingly little about who or what influences the people elected to represent them. Join us for a conversation about ethics and transparency in Texas' part-time Legislature, moderated by the Tribune's executive editor, Ross Ramsey.
Buck Wood, a founding partner of Ray & Wood, is a nationally recognized attorney on ethics and election law.
State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, is the owner and president of Texas Adventure Capital LLC, where he provides business services to investment fund managers and business owners. The freshman lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require legislators and their family members to disclose their relationships to businesses that hold government contracts.
Mindy Montford served as an assistant Travis County district attorney — an office that oversees the public integrity unit that investigates the state's elected officials — from 1999 to 2008. Prior to her time as a prosecutor, she served as general counsel for state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. D-Brownsville.
Former state Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, was convicted of four felony charges and five related misdemeanor charges for failing to disclose income from companies with state contracts. He received five years' probation with community service and fines.
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Several times a month, The Texas Tribune hosts a series of conversations featuring prominent elected officials and other newsmakers at the historic Austin Club in downtown Austin. Coffee is served before the conversation begins, allowing time for our attendees to mingle. A question-and-answer session afterward offers a chance for the audience to interact with our honored guests.
This series of conversations is generously sponsored by AT&T, BP, Raise Your Hand Texas, Christus Health, the Texas Coalition of Dental Service Organizations, Texas A&M University and 83rd legislative session sponsor My Plates. Special thanks to our promotional sponsor, Deborah Ingersoll of Legislative Solutions.