Ethics Opinion Lets Lawmakers Solicit for Nonprofits

Bidness as Usual

This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.

In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the Texas Ethics Commission's board approved an amended advisory opinion that stopped short of recommending against lawmakers soliciting contributions for nonprofit organizations they are employed by. Instead, the opinion encourages lawmakers to understand that such contributions "could be viewed as improper under certain circumstances."

The opinion was designed to address three main issues: Is it legal for a lawmaker to be compensated by a nonprofit organization? Can a lawmaker legally solicit donations for such an ...

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