- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The House has altered a sweeping ethics bill, making it easier for lawmakers - and everyone at the Texas Capitol - to sue people who film them without permission.

Lawmakers voted 100 to 40 Wednesday to allow those being filmed to ask the person doing so what they’re up to. If the person lies, but later releases footage, the amendment would facilitate lawsuits.

The Legislature has been rocked by the American Phoenix Foundation, a conservative group with cameras that has descended on the Capitol, hoping to embarrass veteran lawmakers.

Both Republicans and Democrats have complained about the group. But, since banning filming would violate state law, they’ve looked for other protections.

The House version of the ethics bill must be reconciled with the Senate’s, meaning the amendment may not survive.

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