The Open Government track at The 2015 Texas Tribune Festival featured a panel discussion on public integrity and state government and a conversation over ethics. State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall debated transparency issues. And we featured conversations with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar and several Texas ethics commissioners. Scroll down to listen to audio from those sessions.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar was interviewed by Texas Monthly Senior Editor Erica Grieder.
The "Fight Over Public Integrity" panel, moderated by Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root, featured criminal defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, state Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas, former Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner and state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie.
The "Ethics and the Legislature" panel, moderated by Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root, featured state Reps. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, and Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, and state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.
The "All About Transparency" panel, moderated by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey, featured state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, and University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.
The "Inside the Texas Ethics Commission" panel, moderated by Center for Public Integrity reporter Dave Levinthal, featured Ethics Commissioners Hugh Akin, Jim Clancy and Wilhelmina Delco.