AUSTIN — A panel of Texas lawmakers on Monday asked state police to investigate allegations that Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media credentials for the chamber to a hardline conservative activist in exchange for campaigning against a group of GOP incumbents in the 2020 primary.

The House General Investigating Committee met behind closed doors for about an hour before unanimously voting to ask the Texas Rangers’ Public Integrity Unit to investigate and report its findings. That unit is responsible for looking into allegations of corruption by public officials.

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