Led by Senator Joan Huffman, the conferees considering SB 219, the Ethics Commission Sunset legislation, cut out major provisions of the reform bill that had been added in the House earlier in the week by huge margins.
“Behind closed doors the conferees mounted a strategic assault on transparency,” said Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice. “The stage was set to make significant progress on ethics and open-government reform. The true nature of the politicians reared its head at the last minute. Politicians can’t be trusted to clean-up politics.”