Republican state Rep. Joe Driver has been sentenced to five years’ probation for using taxpayer money in a double-dipping reimbursement scheme.
A state representative has pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge in a deal that would allow him to avoid jail time.
A state representative plans to plead guilty to a felony charge that he used taxpayer money to reimburse himself for travel expenses his campaign had already funded. Garland Rep. Joe Driver will enter the plea at a Nov. 22 court hearing.
Rep. Joe Driver plans to retire from the Texas House. The Republican from Garland faces a criminal investigation over travel reimbursements.
The Texas Senate passed a guns-on-campus bill in 2009, but it died without a vote in the House. This year, more than half of the Republican-controlled House’s 150 members have signed on as co-authors of one of the bills, and the issue is supported by Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
Rep. Dan Flynn, a Republican serving House District 2 which includes Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt Counties, says he will audit his own spending habits after being questioned about his travel expenses.
Texas prosecutors are stepping up their investigation of a lawmaker who admitted he pocketed thousands of dollars in state travel reimbursements, just as officials are laying out plans to tighten ethics rules at the Capitol.
An Associated Press investigation claims Republican State Representative Joe Driver from Garland double dipped on travel expenses.