Law­maker stops driv­ing cars

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING - Com­piled from staff and wire re­ports

A Dal­las-area law­maker on the pow­er­ful House Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee says she has stopped driv­ing a Mercedes-Benz and a Chevy SUV owned by a com­pany that makes mil­lions through state trans­porta­tion con­tracts.

The Dal­las Morn­ing News re­ported last week that Rep. Linda Harper-Brown was concerned that her con­stituents saw a pos­si­ble con­flict of in­ter­est even though she says she did noth­ing wrong.

The 2010 Mercedes E550 and 2004 Chevro­let Ta­hoe were part of a com­pen­sa­tion pack­age given by Durable En­ter­prises Equip­ment Ltd. to the Irv­ing Repub­li­can’s hus­band. The com­pany is part of a group that does busi­ness with the state on is­sues Harper-Brown has worked on.

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