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Texas adjourned the 85th legislative session sine die Monday May 29, 2017. Just hours before the House adjourned, Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would be making a decision later this week about whether to call the Legislature back into a […]

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Effective June 1, 2017, Ordinance No. 20160922-005 repealing and replacing Chapter 4-8 of the Austin City Code relating to lobbying will go into effect. Among other things, the ordinance establishes new registration requirements, changes the method of reporting, and requires […]

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On Wednesday, Dallas City Council voted unanimously to overhaul the city’s ethics laws after months of work to tighten rules on lobbying and reduce political influence in City Hall. Among other things, the new ethics rules bar successful campaign managers […]

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After a 2016 federal court decision blocked Austin’s blackout period restricting candidate fundraising to only during the six months preceding an election, campaign finance regulation supporters in Austin’s Ethics Review Commission are pushing a new ordinance to limit the contribution […]

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This month, the Austin City Council unanimously voted to exempt City Council and their staff from being subject to punishment for interference with personnel matters with a clause in the city charter aimed at preventing elected officials from pressuring city […]

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Texas ethics overhaul, Senate Bill 14, passed unanimously in the Senate this week and is headed to the House. Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement praising the Senate’s swift movement, stating his confidence the comprehensive reforms will be passed. An […]

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A special election has been set for May 6, 2017, to fill the vacant seat for the Mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas. Dan McQueen, former mayor, resigned on January 18 after just 37 days in office. His resignation came after […]

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Corpus Christi, Texas City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss new recommendations to the ethics code to further tighten rules for City Council members. The Council unanimously approved the new code during a first vote last week. If approved on […]

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Legislators will attempt to pass a major ethics reform for the second time after their effort during the 2015 legislative session failed. The plan gained wide spread support in 2015 but was ultimately defeated in the House due to a […]

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This month, the Texas Ethics Commission adopted a new rule adjusting the compensation and reimbursement threshold for lobbyists. The new rule eliminates an exception not requiring a person to register as a lobbyist if he or she lobbied no more […]

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Texas State House District 118 Rep. Dawnna Dukes announced she will resign January 10, 2017, citing health issues stemming from a 2013 car accident. Dukes is running for a 12th term and will remain on the November ballot. If she […]

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County commissioners approved a new purchasing manual to ensure consistency and avoid impropriety within the county’s contracting process. A new hiring manager was brought in last year to overhaul a Purchasing Department troubled for years with allegations of political meddling. […]

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On September 22, an ordinance revising the lobbying law for the city of Austin, Texas, was approved by the City Council. The new law repeals and replaces Chapter 4-8 of the city’s code relating to the regulation of lobbyists. The […]

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Today, the Texas Ethics Commission will ask the Legislative Budget Board for an increase in appropriations to fund possible future litigation, according to the San Antonio Express News. The Ethics Commission is unsure if Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office will […]

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