WASHINGTON -- Texas housing officials are expected to propose draft rules this month that would make theirstate the second in the nation to curb campaign contributions by bond underwriters and lawyers.

The proposals, which have not been spelled out, but which are expected to be nearly identical to standards adopted by Florida's housing finance agency in late July, will be unveiled for the first time at a board meeting of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in mid-September, said Virginia Brown, interim director of the department's housing division.

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