Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Abbott Vetoes Spousal Loophole

Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed legislation that would have opened up a new loophole allowing elected officials to cloak assets held by a spouse. State Rep. Sarah Davis, whose bills contained the controversial amendment, said she wound up adding her voice to those calling for a veto.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Huffman Stands by Push for "Spousal Loophole"

State Sen. Joan Huffman is facing criticism after authoring a measure allowing elected officials and bureaucrats to disclose less information about their spouses' property and financial activity. She says the change was needed to clarify an “unclear” Texas Ethics Commission rule.

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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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The Brief: May 22, 2015

Four large donors to the nonprofit currently documenting Texas lawmakers this session are well-known backers of conservative causes.

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The Brief: March 12, 2015

One lawmaker's protest against Planned Parenthood supporters at the Capitol on Wednesday had turned into something else later in the day: a threat that the gloves were about to come off in his fight against the House leadership.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: March 11, 2015

State contracting has become one of the signature issues of the legislative session, but finding a fix won't be easy.

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