Canales Joins Bill to Promote Transparency.

Lobbyist Transparency Bill Headed to Perry's Desk

Brandi Grissom and Maurice Chammah, Texas Tribune

This is one in a series of occasional storiesabout ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.

A bill that would require lobbyists to disclose the names of lawmakers who pay them using campaign funds for services, including political consulting, is headed to Gov. Rick Perry for approval after the Senate passed the measure on Thursday.

"It's just more disclosure," said state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, the Senate sponsor of House Bill 1244.

Eltife said an increasing number of lobbyists also do campaign consulting work for lawmakers during the interim between legislative sessions. Lobbyists are already required to report the special interests for which they lobby at the Capitol.


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