Democrat Chris Bell said today he has filed an ethics complaint against Health and Human Services chief Albert Hawkins, charging that the commissioner violated the state's ban on conflicts of interest by also serving as a trustee of the Texas Health Institute, a nonprofit organization that has reaped contract work and grant money from his agency. The Statesman reported last week that Hawkins failed to provide this information in his personal financial disclosure statements filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. Bell blamed his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Perry, for not enforcing conflicts of interest laws within his administration. Hawkins, a Perry appointee, also served as budget director for former Gov. George Bush.
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