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Texas Legislature votes against restrictions on lobbying by political districts

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Senate Bill 29, a bil relating to the use by a political subdivision of public money for lobbying and certain other activities, was voted against on May 20. The bill, if enacted, would have kept political subdivisions, such as school districts or appraisal districts, from being involved in organizations that lobby on tax related matters. Before the bill was struck down in the House of Representatives, an amendment was added that would have allowed rural school districts to still be involved with tax related lobbying. However, even with the amendment, 21 counties statewide would have still been affected by the bill. “Essentially,

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