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9 Document(s) [ Subject: Ethics Commission, Texas ]

Committee: House General Investigating and Ethics
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Campaign finance and expenditure reports | Charities | Conflicts of interest | Disaster relief | Employee benefits | Ethics Commission, Texas | Federal funds | Financial disclosures | Gifts and donations | Government ethics | Government travel | Hurricane Harvey | Judicial campaigns | Lobbyists | Penalties and sentences (Criminal justice) | State agencies | State employee benefits | State employees |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 G286
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [64 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Maintain oversight of federal, state, local, and charitable funds spent in response to Hurricane Harvey. Investigate instances of waste, fraud, or abuse involving such funds. Ensure that the State of Texas is maximizing federal disaster aid.
2. Review conflict of interest laws governing public officers and employees to ensure that such laws are adequate to maintain the public’s confidence in government decision-making. Review personal financial statement requirements to ensure that the public has sufficient information on the private financial interests of public officers.
3. Review criminal penalties under Chapter 305, Government Code (registration of lobbyists) and recommend improvements to maintain the integrity of legislative and administrative processes.
4. Examine the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act and identify opportunities to improve the Act.
5. Review procedures and processes used at the Texas Ethics Commission. Identify ways to resolve complaints more efficiently.
6. Examine employment policies and practices at state agencies relating to the hiring of individuals who were terminated from employment with another state agency for misconduct.
7. Review the implementation of S.B. 73 (85R) relating to leave policies and procedures for state employees.
8. Examine laws and policies regulating travel by state agency officials to ensure that travel expenditures are in the best interest of the state.
9. Investigate the use of state agency resources to participate in trade associations and groups funded by industries regulated by the agency.
10. Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Campus carry | Eminent domain | Employees Retirement System of Texas | Ethics Commission, Texas | Ethics complaints | Freedom of religion | Government ethics | Guardianship | Guns | Judges' salaries | Judicial selection | Military personnel | Open carry | Organized labor | Police chiefs | Public Integrity Unit | Public retirement systems | Religious conservatives (Politics) | Religious discrimination | Religious Freedom Restoration Act | Straight party voting | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Texas Rangers (Law enforcement) | Voting systems | Weapons |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 St29a
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [70 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Religious Liberty: Examine measures to affirm 1st Amendment religious liberty protections in Texas, along with the relationship between local ordinances and state and federal law. Make recommendations to ensure that the government does not force individuals, organizations or businesses to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
2. Union Dues: Examine the practice of using public funds and employees for the payment processing of union dues. Make recommendations on whether Texas should end this practice.
3. Chief Law Enforcement Officers: Examine whether there are chief law enforcement officers within the state who deny NFA applications without any cause. Examine the application and certification process and recommend ways to eliminate no-cause denials.
4. Judicial Matters: Examine the need to adjust Texas judicial salaries to attract, maintain, and support a qualified judiciary capable of meeting the current and future needs of Texas and its citizens. Study and recommend whether Texas should delink legislators' standard service retirement annuities from district judge salaries. Examine the effect of eliminating straight-party voting for candidates for judicial office and make recommendations to ensure candidates are given individual consideration by voters.
5. Eminent Domain: Gather and review data on the compensation provided to private property owners for property purchased or taken by entities with eminent domain authority. Examine the variance, if any, between the offers and the fair market values of properties taken through eminent domain. Make recommendations to ensure property owners are fairly compensated.
6. Ethics: Review current ethics laws governing public officials and employees and recommend changes necessary to inspire the public’s confidence in a transparent and ethically principled government. Review public officials’ reporting requirements to the Texas Ethics Commission. Examine the categorization of ethics reporting violations and make recommendations to encourage accurate reporting and timely correction to inadvertent clerical errors.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on State Affairs during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: 1) Implementation of open and campus carry legislation and determine if the current laws regulating the places that handguns can be carried are easily understood or if clarification is needed to ensure the average citizen understands when, where, and under what circumstances it is lawful to carry a weapon, versus when it is a criminal offense for which there may be a defense; 2) Requirements for guardianships; 3) The electronic voting program for certain military members serving overseas; 4) Changes made to the Employment Retirement System regarding member contributions and proposed reforms to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas; and 5) The establishment of a public integrity unit under the authority of Texas Rangers.
Committee: Joint Study Ethics Laws, Select
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Ethics Commission, Texas | Government ethics | Lobbyists |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 Et35
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [10 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study and review the statutes and regulations related to ethics, including campaign finance laws, lobby laws, and personal financial disclosure laws.
Committee: House General Investigating and Ethics
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Blogs | Ethics Commission, Texas | Ethics laws | Government ethics | Political advertising |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 G286
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [25 pages  File size: 675 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review state law in light of the effects of Texas Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion No. 484 relating to acceptance of benefits provided to officeholders. Recommend any necessary legislative changes.
2. Review the definition of "political advertising" and determine whether the definition should be expanded to include content contained in blogs and other types of Internet communications.
3. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: E-mail | Election fraud | Election laws | Ethics Commission, Texas | Internet | Secretary of State, Texas | Voter registration | Voting by mail | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 El25he
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [62 pages  File size: 20,001 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the continued implementation of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) by the Office of the Secretary of State, as major HAVA deadlines occur throughout 2006.
2. Examine the prevalence of fraud in Texas elections, considering prosecution rates and measures of prevention.
3. Examine the growing use of technology in campaigns and the administration of elections, and the need to recodify sections of the Texas Election Code to reflect our current practices.
4. Examine ways to improve the uniformity and efficiency of elections held by political subdivisions, particularly by exploring market practices for leasing voting equipment.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Election laws | Ethics Commission, Texas | Provisional ballots | Secretary of State, Texas | Statutory revision | Voter registration | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 EL25he
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [25 pages  File size: 89 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review compliance with the provisions of the Federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and implementation through the Secretary of State's office of the legislation passed as issues surrounding HAVA become more settled.
2. Examine the risks, costs, benefits and efficiencies of the entire canon of Texas Election Law for an omnibus rewrite and recodification.
3. Monitor the Texas Ethics Commission rulemaking for the implementation of HB 1606, 78th Legislature, Regular Session.
4. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Texas House of Representatives, 77th Legislature / Committee on State Affairs.
Subjects: Aircraft Pooling Board | Broadband technology | e-commerce | Ethics Commission, Texas | General Services Commission, Texas | Human Rights, Texas Commission on | Incentive and Productivity Commission, Texas | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Internet | Lobbyists | Privacy | Public Utility Counsel, Office of | Revolving door policies | Social Security numbers | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service | Television stations | Veterans Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [250 pages  File size: 1,105 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the authority of state and local governments to require cable television companies to provide access to competitors and to affect the rates, terms and conditions under which access is provided. Consider the speed of change in the telecommunications industry and the implications of the state assuming new regulatory responsibilities in this industry, including the question of whether any or all providers of broadband service should be required to provide access to competitors.
2. Review the current state of privacy laws in Texas as they relate to businesses' or government's ability to disseminate personal information without prior written permission.
3. Study the nature and extent of lobby influence on the legislative process.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including monitoring the implementation of SB 560, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and changes in telecommunications markets resulting from the legislation.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Campaign finance reform | Early voting | Election fraud | Elections | Ethics Commission, Texas | Judicial campaign contributions | Judicial elections | Judicial selection | Justice, U.S. Department of | Legislative process | Primary elections | Voter registration | Voting by mail | Voting Rights Act |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 el25he
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [34 pages  File size: 1,562 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study how the State of Texas can be removed from the U.S. Justice Department's enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.
2. Study problems associated with early voting by mail.
3. Review election legislation that passed the House, but died in the Senate during the 74th Regular Session, specifically HB 483, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; HB 1859, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; HB 2239, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; HB 2241, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; and HB 2243, 74th Legislature, Regular Session.
4. Study the feasibility of moving the primary election date. Consider not holding a separate presidential primary.
5. Conduct active oversight of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of the 1995 Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.
Committee: Senate State Affairs, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report on the General Services Commission, Texas Department of Transportation, workers' compensation insurance fund : with special reports on Automobile Theft Prevention Authority, Commission on Fire Protection, Office of Administrative Hearings, State Pr
Subjects: Administrative Hearings, State Office of | Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority | Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas | Ethics Commission, Texas | Fire Protection, Texas Commission on | General Services Commission, Texas | Texas Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund | Transportation, Texas Department of | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 st29sr
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [67 pages  File size: 2,406 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. The Committee shall examine the functions of the Department of Transportation, including issues ranging from organization to regulatory procedures.
2. The Committee shall study and monitor the use of the Workers' Compensation State Fund.
3. The Committee shall monitor the operations of the General Services Commission as amended by HB 39, 72nd Legislature, 2nd Called Session.
4. Monitor legislation related to the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Ethics Commission, Auto Theft Prevention Authority, Commission on Fire Protection, and the Office of the Comptroller's Property Tax Division. Examine issues related to transition, organization and regulatory procedures. *

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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