Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is signaling that he will not let House leadership’s end-of-session sabotage of a major ethics reform […]
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“The Texas Ethics Commission presents a great threat to the constitutionally protected liberties of 27 million Texans. All of the commissioners need to be replaced, and the agency needs to be fundamentally reformed or abolished.”
Public corruption by school bureaucrats robs resources from classrooms, students, and teachers. Is FWISD’s new ethics policy strong enough to prevent it?
Cain’s amendment spurred lawmakers to come out of the woodwork, including those who rarely speak at the microphone, to oppose greater transparency.
“You can say I gutted it if you want to say I gutted it,” said Geren.
Abbott also notably sided with Patrick and the Texas Senate on a number of issues.
The Texas Senate’s leading voice on ethics reform is forcing his opponents to fight against transparency on his terms.
Lawmakers should examine the TEC’s procedures, and implement safeguards typically found in the criminal justice system to ensure the agency can no longer violate Texans’ rights.
“While our state faces many challenges ahead, I do not believe there to be a more pressing challenge than the comprehensive reform and restructuring of this troubled agency,” said Leach.
Commissioners invoke grand juries to justify their secrecy and power, but they lack accountability.