AUSTIN (KXAN) - Sunday is the deadline for Gov. Rick Perry to sign or veto bills from the regular session. But his office is already handing now a handful of decisions – including the line item veto of funding to the Travis County District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit.
"I cannot in good conscience support continued State funding for an office with statewide jurisdiction at a time when the person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public's confidence," Perry wrote.
The funding was part of Senate Bill 1, the state budget for the next two years. It would have meant $7.5 million for the unit, which investigates public corruption, insurance fraud and tax fraud statewide.
"This unit is in no other way held accountable to state taxpayers, except through the State budgetary process," he added. "I therefore object to and disapprove of this appropriation."
This week, it was suggested Perry would cut the funding from the budget if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg – a Democrat – did not resign. She pleaded guilty to drunk driving in April, following video released of unruly behavior during her arrest.
A jury trial is pending for late July regarding her removal from office. She has said she will not resign but also does not plan to run for re-election once her term ends in 2016. If she does leave office before then, Perry is responsible for naming her replacement for the duration of the term.
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