Advisory Opinion Request

The Texas Ethics Commission has been asked to consider whether a gift card to an online retailer is considered to be cash or a negotiable instrument for purposes of section 36.10(a)(6) of the Penal Code and related questions. (AOR-619)

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.


Ian Steusloff

Interim Executive Director

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: January 23, 2017