House OKs Ethics Bill Senate Tried To Recall

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AUSTIN, Texas - - The Texas House has approved requiring the disclosure of donors to some tax-exempt, politically active organizations.

The bill would crack down on what supporters call political "dark money" but has been opposed by tea party groups.

Passing it 99-46 Monday may have sent a purely symbolic message, though, since the bill could still be vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.

When the Senate approved it, so many grassroots groups bristled that tea party-backed Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston took the unusual step of trying to recall it. But the House had already begun working on it.

Repeated attempts to then amend the bill on the House floor, thus killing it by forcing it to conference committee, also failed.

Democrats and moderate Republicans say it increases transparency. Opponents maintain its anti-free speech.