Week in Review: 10.21.2019

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Week in Review: 10.21.2019

Texas speaker tape reveals secret deal; Dallas councilman violated ethics codes; Texas ranks low on financial stability; Homeowners fight to save lakefront.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Release of Sullivan’s tape doesn’t stop the uproar over House speaker – After the long-awaited public release Tuesday of the tape of a secretly recorded meeting, it will be up to investigators to determine whether an offer made by House Speaker Dennis Bonnen to Austin political activist Michael Quinn Sullivan violated any laws or legislative ethics rules.

Commission says Dallas council member violated ethics code by not reporting free VisitDallas tickets – The Dallas Ethics Advisory Commission said Tuesday that Dallas City Council member Casey Thomas violated the city’s ethics code when he did not disclose he had received more than $1,600 worth of event tickets from VisitDallas, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Texas slips lower in annual report monitoring state finances – A national watchdog group says that the State of Texas’ finances are continuing to deteriorate, as shown by recent statistics on relative debt burden among U.S. states.

Residents along Guadalupe River angry over plan to drain lakes – Homeowners along the Guadalupe River have found their lakefront views disappearing, as the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, owner of dams that created reservoirs along that waterway, have ordered the lakes to be drained.

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