More than 800 people packed a TxDOT Town Hall meeting in Hempstead January 22. Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton admits TxDOT hired lobbyists and said he also personally met with every county judge in the path of the Trans Texas Corridor TTC-69 as he defended the necessity of TxDOT hiring lobbyists to lobby elected officials.
This action is in DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE LAW!
Texas Government Code:
§ 556.005. Employment of Lobbyist
(a) A state agency may not use appropriated money to employ, as a regular full-time or part-time or contract employee, a person who is required by Chapter 305 to register as a lobbyist. Except for an institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code, a state agency may not use any money under its control to employ or contract with an individual who is required by Chapter 305 to register as a lobbyist.
Where’s the Travis County District Attorney? TxDOT has now publicly admitted, on camera, that it has violated the LAW!
View more of Houghton’s comments on YouTube here.