Month: June 2015

Abbott Vetoes Spousal Loophole

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Gov. Greg Abbott after signing Senate Bill 2065, the Pastor Protection Act, into law.

Gov. Greg Abbott after signing Senate Bill 2065, the Pastor Protection Act, into law.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the veto statement from Abbott.

Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed legislation Saturday that would have allowed married elected officials to hide their personal financial business from the prying eyes of Texas voters.

The so-called spousal loophole provision had been tacked as amendments to two bills that were otherwise aimed at increasing disclosure and eliminating conflicts of interest. In his veto statement on one of the bills, Abbott signaled that he would push for reforms in 2017 that accomplish the goals he wanted in the 2015 session…..Read More Here