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Texas lawmakers crack down on unethical agents

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas lawmakers gave final approval to a crackdown on unethical sports agents that could lead to long prison terms.

Wednesday's vote by the House sends the bill to Gov. Rick Perry.

Texas already has a law to fine and strip licenses from agents who lure a college athlete into contracts with improper gifts or benefits that violate NCAA rules.

The new measure would make it a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

More than 40 states have laws regulating sports agents. Supporters of the Texas bill say it will be the toughest in the nation.

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