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Capital Tonight: Texas House takes up ethics, redistricting and the West investigation

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The Texas House Returns

After a two week recess, the Texas House convened at the State Capitol, Monday.

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety met to discuss the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Members heard testimony from state agencies and attempted to find a balance between ensuring safety without over-regulating the state's vital agricultural sector.

Meanwhile, in another committee room, House select committee debated if they should adopt the court drawn maps that were used in the last election.

Ethics in the 83rd Legislature

Governor Rick Perry's recent legislative vetoes have led to criticism and even confusion over what's next for some agencies. Gov. Perry vetoed more than two dozen bills and line item vetoed parts of the state budget.

The consumer protection group Public Citizen has been critical of Perry's decision. Tom "Smitty" Smith, the director of the group's state office, joined us in the studio, Monday.

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Perry's Standing in the Polls

Texans would prefer a Ted Cruz run for President over a repeat of Gov. Perry’s 2012 bid. According to a new University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll, 25 percent of people would vote for Sen. Cruz. On the plus side for Perry, the same poll also shows he would beat Attorney General Greg Abbott in the gubernatorial primary race.

James Henson from the Texas Politics project breaks down the numbers in the video below.

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