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New call-in line helps business leaders shape Texas laws

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick works in the Senate Chamber, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Patrick has spent his first five months in office letting Texas’ corporate elite help shape policy on everything from tax cuts to economic development, a move some say is unprecedented. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has never been shy about buttonholing elected officials, but it’s seldom been easier since Texas’ new lieutenant governor set up regular conference calls for select business leaders and donors to advise him on issues before the Legislature.

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