AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Senate has approved legislation that would require lawmakers for the first time to publicly disclose any contracts they have with the state - even though the practice is supposedly banned in the Texas Constitution.
Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, said Texans are entitled to know when lawmakers have substantial financial relationships with Texas government.
The Constitution already says legislators can't benefit "directly or indirectly" from contracts authorized by the Legislature they serve in.
But there's no requirement to disclose the contracts. One lawmaker, Sen. Mike Jackson, R-LaPorte, said the bill would require legislator to provide "too much information" to the public.