The Texas Tribune - Senate budget writers on Wednesday lit into Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, a former senator himself, in a hearing that concluded with another call for him to resign.
State Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, is now the third lawmaker and first Republican to call on Janek to step down, reported the Houston Chronicle's Brian Rosenthal. All this has happened after a series of controversies developed over the past several months over procurement procedures at the agency as well as reimbursement of tuition for some agency staff. Rosenthal writes:
Huffman, who in 2008 replaced Janek in the Senate when she beat a candidate supported by a political group he funded, said she respects him and previously had held off on calling for him to step down, but decided after seeing how he carried himself during the hearing that it was in the best interest of the state for him to move on.