Bill to deny state funding for unofficial travel

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 13, 2013 at 3:54 PM

AUSTIN -- Texas lawmakers are considering whether elected officials should reimburse taxpayers for security costs related to unofficial travel.

Republican Rep. Lyle Larson presented his bill to the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, saying it is common sense.

Gov. Rick Perry ran up a $3.7 million security bill while running for president in 2012. His office says state troopers need to travel with him for his safety. But Larson said all of the other candidates paid for their own security costs. He said other governors also reimburse the state for security costs.

Two Republican and two Democratic lawmakers joined Larson in supporting the bill. No one spoke against the bill.

Under the measure, the ethics commission would decide when there is a disagreement over whether the travel was official or unofficial.

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