Public corruption unit funding back under first House budget

AUSTIN (AP) — Funding vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry two years ago for public corruption prosecutors is restored under the first draft of the Texas House budget.

The $98.8 billion spending plan revealed Thursday also phases out high school steroid testing and maintains enhanced border security through 2017.

The House budget gives $6 million to the state’s Public Integrity Unit so long as lawmakers pass reforms over the next five months. That could include moving the unit out of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, which Republicans have long sought.

Perry was indicted on abuse of power charges over vetoing funds for the unit in 2013. He did so after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused his calls to resign after being arrested for drunken driving.

Perry’s case is ongoing.

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