Senate committee supports AG-led Public Integrity Unit

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Discussing the future of the office that prosecutes elected officials accused of corruption, a group of state senators supports putting the Attorney General’s Office in charge of the Public Integrity Unit. The Senate State Affairs committee voted 7-2 Monday morning to send Senate Bill 10 to the Senate for consideration.

Right now, the Public Integrity Unit is under the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. However, Senate Bill 10 would strip that and allow the Attorney General’s Office to conduct the investigation, along with the Texas Rangers.

This proposal would also allow elected officials to be prosecuted in their home counties. All of this comes in the wake of former Gov. Rick Perry’s veto, which cut money for the Public Integrity Unit. That happened after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s drunken driving arrest and guilty plea.

Perry faces charges of abusing his power — after threatening to defund the Unit when Lehmberg did not resign after her DWI case.

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