The Houston Chronicle covers potential officeholder/lobbyist conflicts.
Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick is in business with a lobbyist but can’t say who. Fellow Rep. Sid Miller finally disclosed his lobbyist dealings, but only after someone complained.
And then there are Reps. Kino Flores and Jim Murphy: their day jobs intersect with state government interests but their state disclosure forms don’t say that.
The four state legislators are not the only Texas politicians whose personal business interests have sparked scrutiny. Texas has a part-time “citizen Legislature,” so state lawmakers need regular jobs, too.