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Issue Position: Changing the Culture of Texas Politics

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Senator John Carona is an outspoken proponent of open government. After proposing such legislation for several sessions, he was the Texas Senate sponsor of the amendment to the state constitution that requires all Texas legislators to publicly record their votes. That amendment also calls for citizens to have access to legislator votes via the Internet.

No "Johnny-come-lately" to ethics reform and open records, Senator Carona has long been on the offensive against those opposed to publicly recorded votes. In 2004, opponents to open government actually argued it would be too costly to record all votes.

"I do not believe that recording votes would be costly," Carona stated at the time. "I do believe that whatever small cost there might be would be well worth it. I strongly support making all votes of the Texas Legislature recorded votes, and for these votes to be easily accessible to the public."

"I have voted for every piece of ethics reform that ever reached the Senate floor," he adds.

In November, 2007, 85% of all Texas voters approved the amendment.


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