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January 2013 [PAGE: 2]

Taking Aim at Conflict of Interest

Straight out of the gate, State Representative Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) is taking aim at one of those insidious bipartisan problems in government – conflict of interest.  His House Bill 524 is a transparency bill requiring lawyers who happen to be...
Capriglione Champions Transparency

Capriglione Champions Transparency

Support Transparency! Freshman State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione is making good on his promise to increase transparency in state government. His first two bills as a state legislator are focused on strengthening financial disclosure requirements and shining more light...
House (Speaker) Rules

House (Speaker) Rules

Conservatives looking for a decentralization of the House Speaker’s power are likely feeling empty-handed by today’s rules changes. The few positive changes were overshadowed by what some are describing as a defeat for conservatives seeking to decentralize power from...
Legislative Games?

Legislative Games?

Could someone author, co-author, sponsor or co-sponsor legislation only to try to kill it quietly? That’s the claim made on the House floor today by a senior Democratic lawmaker. During debate on the House Rules, State Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) introduced an...
Tax Branch Of GOP

Tax Branch Of GOP

While Texas’ governor and lieutenant governor have been talking about cutting taxes this session, one of the House Speaker’s key lieutenants is throwing cold water on the idea. He says lawmakers should be focused more on spending the state’s...
Tax Rules

Tax Rules

Call your legislators today! (512) 463-4630While the rules and procedures of a legislative body can be sleep-inducing, their impact on the legislative process cannot be overstated. In the coming days, the Texas House will be debating the rules under which they will...