TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION

Advisory Opinion Requests

The Texas Ethics Commission has been asked to consider whether certain newsletters published by a city officer or employee would constitute political advertising for purposes of section 255.003 of the Election Code.(AOR-616)

The Texas Ethics Commission is authorized by section 571.091 of the Government Code to issue advisory opinions in regard to the following statutes: (1) Chapter 572, Government Code; (2) Chapter 302, Government Code; (3) Chapter 303, Government Code; (4) Chapter 305, Government Code; (5) Chapter 2004, Government Code; (6) Title 15, Election Code; (7) Chapter 159, Local Government Code; (8) Chapter 36, Penal Code; (9) Chapter 39, Penal Code; (10) Section 2152.064, Government Code; and (11) Section 2155.003, Government Code.

Questions on particular submissions should be addressed to the Texas Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 12070, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711-2070, (512) 463-5800.

Issued in Austin, Texas, on November 16, 2016.

Natalia Luna Ashley, Executive Director, Texas Ethics Commission.

TRD-201605922

Natalia Luna Ashley

Executive Director

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: November 18, 2016


The Texas Ethics Commission has been asked to consider whether a television program produced with city resources, broadcast on a city-owned cable channel, and hosted by a city council member constitutes political advertising. (AOR-617)

The Texas Ethics Commission is authorized by section 571.091 of the Government Code to issue advisory opinions in regard to the following statutes: (1) Chapter 572, Government Code; (2) Chapter 302, Government Code; (3) Chapter 303, Government Code; (4) Chapter 305, Government Code; (5) Chapter 2004, Government Code; (6) Title 15, Election Code; (7) Chapter 159, Local Government Code; (8) Chapter 36, Penal Code; (9) Chapter 39, Penal Code; (10) Section 2152.064, Government Code; and (11) Section 2155.003, Government Code.

Questions on particular submissions should be addressed to the Texas Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 12070, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711-2070, (512) 463-5800.

Issued in Austin, Texas, on November 18, 2016.

Natalia Luna Ashley, Executive Director, Texas Ethics Commission.

TRD-201605934

Natalia Luna Ashley

Executive Director

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: November 18, 2016


The Texas Ethics Commission has been asked to consider the application of section 255.003 of the Election Code to the use of political subdivision facilities for a debate forum and for distributing campaign materials. (AOR-618)

The Texas Ethics Commission is authorized by section 571.091 of the Government Code to issue advisory opinions in regard to the following statutes: (1) Chapter 572, Government Code; (2) Chapter 302, Government Code; (3) Chapter 303, Government Code; (4) Chapter 305, Government Code; (5) Chapter 2004, Government Code; (6) Title 15, Election Code; (7) Chapter 159, Local Government Code; (8) Chapter 36, Penal Code; (9) Chapter 39, Penal Code; (10) Section 2152.064, Government Code; and (11) Section 2155.003, Government Code.

Questions on particular submissions should be addressed to the Texas Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 12070, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711-2070, (512) 463-5800.

Issued in Austin, Texas, on November 18, 2016.

Natalia Luna Ashley, Executive Director, Texas Ethics Commission.

TRD-201605927

Natalia Luna Ashley

Executive Director

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: November 18, 2016