Texas Ethics Commission Requests Funding for Future Litigation - State and Federal Communications

September 19, 2016  •  

Texas Ethics Commission Requests Funding for Future Litigation

TexasToday, the Texas Ethics Commission will ask the Legislative Budget Board for an increase in appropriations to fund possible future litigation, according to the San Antonio Express News.

The Ethics Commission is unsure if Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office will defend the agency in future litigation, according to the commission’s appropriations request. In April, the attorney general’s office refused to provide legal representation for the commission in a lawsuit challenging a law prohibiting the use of audio and video recordings from the House and Senate floors being used in political advertising, according to the News.

In the request, the commission states, “The Commission does not know whether future requests for representation will be declined by the Office of the Attorney General and wants to be financially prepared to retain outside counsel to defend the constitutionality of laws passed by the legislature.”

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