AUSTIN (June 17, 2013)--The Texas House of Representatives was back in Austin Monday, and Democrats were angry about Gov. Rick Perry veto of key ethics legislation.
State Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, took to the House floor Monday and questioned what will happen to the 400 ethics investigations on which the Public Integrity Unit is currently working.
The governor used his line item veto to cut $7.5 million for the unit on Friday, saying no taxpayer money should go to it because Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign after a drunken driving conviction.
Conservative Republicans have long wanted to take the ethics watchdogs out of the Travis County DA's office, where Democrats have always won election.
Perry's critics complain that his veto could shut down investigations into his office and its programs.