DALLAS - Texas House Speaker Joe Straus called on lawmakers Monday to stop the practice of diverting dedicated funds to balance the state's biannual budget.

The San Antonio Republican said the 2011 Legislature put $4.9 billion of the $7.1 billion of revenue into the general fund that should have gone into dedicated funds so Comptroller Susan Combs could certify the fiscal 2012-2013 budget as balanced.

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