Ethics

The Office of Government Ethics is back in the news as its website crashed, for the second time in less than a month, again under a flood of inquiries.

The advisory agency typically works to vet people who run the country and detangle them from financial ties that may influence their work in public office. And typically, this work happens quietly in the background when administrations transition from one president to another.

Ryan Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott has given Texas lawmakers some marching orders.  In his State of the State address Tuesday Abbott designated four issues as “emergency” items.  That enables lawmakers to vote on that legislation more quickly.

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Elected officials have a lot to talk about at the State Capitol this week: reducing local property taxes, teaching high school students what to do when stopped by a police officer, and reforming the code of ethics for lawmakers just to name a few. 

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San Antonio council members will consider action Thursday that would absolve Mayor Ivy Taylor from a perceived conflict that arose during her political campaign. 

Ryan E. Poppe

The end of the legislative session is less than a week away and lawmakers are moving quickly to keep bills they support alive.  Tuesday was a frenzied day as legislators waded through pages of parliamentary delay tactics tagged for some of the more controversial bills.

At the start of the day there was a laundry list of bills, all of which required a vote in the House or face sudden death.   And it was clear from the start; it was going to be a slow and drawn out bumpy ride.

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