Bryan Lawmaker Pushes TX Bill Requiring More Disclosures

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Senate Monday scrambled to rescue a bill requiring legislators to disclose certain business relationships with state government - even if the law is broken.

Sen. Steve Ogden of Bryan tacked the disclosure provision onto a separate ethics measure in order to keep it afloat before the legislative session ends on June 1.

Ogden had already passed a stand-alone bill, but he said it's run into opposition in the Texas House.

Ogden successfully added the measure to a bill that tinkers with the sworn complaint process at the Texas Ethics Commission. The bill, with Ogden's language now in it, heads back to the House.

Ogden wants to ensure that lawmakers disclose each year any state government contracts in which they or their private business entities hold a significant interest.

He said he was not aware of any specific cases of lawmakers with state government contracts - but he acknowledged it might be happening.

The Associated Press last year reported that two current legislators owned a piece of a company selling patrol cameras to the state police.

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