Bob Daemmrich

Ethics Reform: A Guide to What's Still Alive

Now that the massive overhaul contained in Senate Bill 19 has gone on life support, a few targeted efforts to shine the light on conflicts of interest and enhance transparency remain. Here's a guide to what's moving and what's not.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: May 26, 2015

The House faces a major deadline today; it's the last day to take up contested Senate bills and, as such, the session promises to last until the clock strikes midnight. It doesn't help that a major backlog of controversial legislation awaits House members.

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Bob Daemmrich

Double Dipping Ban Passes House, Sort Of

The Texas House voted overwhelmingly Monday to end the controversial practice of double dipping by longtime politicians who draw state pensions and paychecks at the same time. But a last-minute change clouded exactly to whom the bill would apply. 

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Caleb Bryant Miller

The Brief: March 10, 2015

Legislation intended to stop some government officials from collecting retirement benefits before leaving office appears to have a better prognosis the second time around.

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Todd Wiseman / Randall Chancellor / Jason Petersen / Stephen Payne

Rivalry Game Fundraising a Growing Political Trend

The Longhorns and Sooners won't be the only ones looking for a win this weekend in Dallas. More than 30 Texas legislators are hoping to turn the Red River Rivalry game into campaign cash.

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