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October 4, 2018      5:00 PM

TEC: An appropriation will be needed to implement foreign lobbying disclosures

Cast as an ‘unfunded mandate’ by one commissioner, the TEC says the Legislature will need to provide extra money so that lobbyists can disclose ties to foreign government

The Texas Ethics Commission says it doesn’t have the money to make changes requested by two state lawmakers to require lobbyists at the Capitol to disclose whether they peddle influence on behalf of a foreign government.

But the commission is moving forward and voted this week to put a draft rule up for public comment that would require new state-level disclosure about Texas lobbyists with ties to foreign interests.

By David Saleh Rauf

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