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
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.
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