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"Double-Dipping" Bill Filed in Legislature

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A Fort Worth Republican lawmaker proposes bill aimed at tightening some campaign spending rules.

State Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth), filed today an bill that takes aim at double-dipping by  Texas politicians.

Rep. Geren told the Associated Press that his bill would "clean up shoddy disclosure laws" that have allowed lawmakers to pocket taxpayer money for political travel with little oversight or transparency.

The legislation would also require registered lobbyist to disclosure their paid relationships with politicians. Geren said that Texans should be able to know who lobbyists are working for and whether their relationship present any conflicts of interest.

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.