Canales co-authors bill promoting lobbyist transparency.

Lobby disclosure of consulting ties passes the Senate

Mike Ward, Austin American-Statesman

A previously hidden aspect of lobbying — corporate lobbyists who also serve as campaign advisers to lawmakers and state officials — should become more apparent under legislation approved Thursday by the Texas Senate and sent to the governor.

State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, the Senate sponsor, said House Bill 1422 is designed to give the public more information about ties between lobbyists and elected officials — links that are now sometimes disclosed, but often not.


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