TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION

Advisory Opinion Requests/Questions

Whether a city employee violates section 255.003(a) of the Election Code by allowing members of the public to display or distribute political advertising at a city-owned facility during or in connection with a candidate debate or forum if the city-owned facility is rented to and paid for by the sponsor of the candidate debate or forum.

Whether a city employee has knowingly authorized the spending of public funds for political advertising as prohibited under section 255.003(a) of the Election Code if members of the public display or distribute political advertising in a city-owned room that is rented to and paid for by the sponsor of a candidate debate or forum.

Whether a city employee has knowingly authorized the spending of public funds for political advertising as prohibited under section 255.003(a) of the Election Code if members of the public display or distribute political advertising in a corridor outside the city-owned room rented to and paid for by the sponsor of a candidate debate or forum or in the parking lot of the city-owned facility where the candidate debate or forum is being conducted. (AOR-629)

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 February 11, 2020.

TRD-202000564

Ian Steusloff

General Counsel

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: February 11, 2020


Advisory Opinion Requests/Questions

Whether section 36.07 of the Penal Code or section 253.034(a) of the Election Code prohibits an elected officeholder from accepting from a political committee transportation, lodging, and meals, or reimbursement for expenses for transportation, lodging, and meals, during a regular legislative session to attend and perform official actions at the political committee's meetings. (AOR-630)

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 February 11, 2020.

TRD-202000566

Ian Steusloff

General Counsel

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: February 11, 2020


Advisory Opinion Requests/Questions

Whether section 572.069 of the Government Code prohibits a former employee of a state agency from accepting employment from a person, whose bid proposal the employee reviewed on behalf of the agency, when: (1) the agency solicited bid proposals from a list of purportedly eligible vendors provided by another state agency, (2) the person submitted a bid proposal in response to the solicitation from the agency, (3) the person was not eligible by law to enter into the contract with the agency and had been erroneously included in the list of eligible vendors provided by another state agency, and (4) the agency ended the procurement because there were no other bid proposals submitted for the contract. (AOR-631)

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 February 11, 2020.

TRD-202000567

Ian Steusloff

General Counsel

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: February 11, 2020


Advisory Opinion Requests/Questions

Whether a contribution from a federal political committee to a federal "Super PAC" is considered a political expenditure made in connection with an election voted on in Texas for purposes of calculating whether the federal political committee is an out-of-state political committee. (AOR-632)

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 February 11, 2020.

TRD-202000568

Ian Steusloff

General Counsel

Texas Ethics Commission

Filed: February 11, 2020