An editorial in the San Antonio Express News urges the Texas Legislature to throw out HB 913, the bill designed to protection Tom DeLay, Tom Craddick and their corporate friends from prosecution. The editorial board rightly connects this bill to the rule pushed by U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX) -- the DeLay Rule -- last November:
No wonder a watchdog group is calling this a "Politician Protection Act."
The bill has attracted national attention because of comparisons to an effort last fall. Spearheaded partly by U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-San Antonio, the effort would have changed a U.S. House ethics rule and protected DeLay from having to step down from his post if indicted. Embarrassed Republicans backed off that effort.
The Texas bill would be even more effective because it would almost guarantee that no one would be indicted in the first place.
Plainly put, HB 913 stinks. Throw it out of the House.