AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has rejected a Senate attempt to add a string of proposals meant to promote open government to a smaller but related bill.READ MORE: Granbury Mayor Nin Hulett Resigns Following Felony DWI Arrest
Austin Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson last week attached six amendments to a House open records bill.
He was attempting to revive separate bills increasing government transparency. They cleared the Senate, only to stall in House committee, forcing Watson to scramble to get them moving again.READ MORE: North Texas Graduates Navigate Next Chapter Amid Pandemic Job Market
But Democratic Rep. Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville balked, saying Thursday, the amendments were “well beyond the scope” of his original bill. It sought only to expedite state agency denial of some open records requests.
Advocates say Lucio’s rejection dooms Watson’s open records-strengthening efforts. That includes his attempts to soften two recent Texas Supreme Court decisions that governmental entities don’t have to fully disclose public spending.MORE NEWS: North Texas School Districts Facing Possible Lawsuits Over Mask Policies
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