In reauthorizing the operations of the Texas Ethics Commission, the state House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved some of the most substantive enhancements in years to regulate lobbying and campaigns in Texas.
The House version of Senate Bill 219 — approved on a final vote of 134-13 — is considerably tougher than the version earlier approved by the Senate, which must now consider the House changes. The Senate has tended to view tougher ethics rules warily in the past, so the bill’s chances there are unclear. But if legislators don’t pass the reauthorization bill, the Ethics Commission would be disbanded.
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