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Houston Chronicle: State Rep. Wayne Christian pushes plan that could boost value of his beachfront property
Thursday, Jun 04, 2009, 07:12PM CST
By Matt Pulle
The Houston Chronicle has a nice scoop about a potential conflict of interest for one House Republican:
"Texas law prevents building on the public beach, but in the chaotic final hours of the legislative session state Rep. Wayne Christian helped craft an amendment that exempts an unlikely piece of land from existing law: his own beachfront property."

When reached for comment, Christian could have refused comment. Instead, he decided to speak:
Christian said his vote for the amendment benefited other peninsula property owners and therefore was not a breach of ethics. “If I were to pass a law that affected only Wayne Christian, that would be a conflict,” he said.

This is not the first time the Republican from Center found himself in the midst of controversy. In April, Texas Watchdog reported how he proposed a bill that would have gutted Travis County District Attorney's office, after former prosecutor Ronnie Earle named him in an indictment. The prosecutor did not accuse Christian of any wrongdoing.

Christian's bill went nowhere.
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