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Methodology: The American-Statesman gathered electronic veto records from the Texas Legislative Reference Library and linked vetoed bills to their authors and sponsors from separate records kept on the legislature's bill tracking system. Those legislators' names and parties were checked against other data, to prevent listing a legislator with an identical last name to a bill authored by another with the same name. The newspaper reviewed, logged and categorized each bill and line-item veto and assigned them to the broadest possible categories. In several instances, a bill included issues related to several categories but was assigned to the broadest available category. For example, a bill related to teachers in juvenile detention facilities would be assigned to the "Education" category although it would also pertain to "Criminal Justice."
Published Aug. 30, 2014
Story: With veto power, Rick Perry influenced, targeted and vexed