HOUSTON – Ethics questions are growing tonight, surrounding State Rep. Jim Murphy.
One job is in the Legislature, the other, he admits, pays a yearly salary of over $312,000 for running the Westchase District in West Houston.
"If the goal of these contracts is to get favors out of Austin by hiring a state (representative), they seem to be an effective mechanism for figuring out how to wire the system in an unethical way,” says Cris Feldman, a Houston attorney and government ethics expert with vast experience working around Texas politics.
"Corruption in Austin is fish in a barrel," Feldman says.
So how has Murphy managed to fly under the ethics radar for more than a decade?
In 2005, then-Attorney General Greg Abbott stated in an opinion that an independent contractor for a municipal management district is not prohibited from serving as a member of the Legislature.
They have to be a contractor, not an employee.