New Law Applicable to Lobbyists Who Are Former Elected Officeholders

In the 2017 legislative session, Section 305.029 of the Government Code was passed to prohibit a lobbyist who had also been elected to public office from making or authorizing, from political contributions accepted as a candidate or officeholder, a political expenditure that is a political contribution to a candidate, officeholder, or political committee. This restriction applies after the ending date of the last term for which the lobbyist was elected to public office. The law is effective on January 8, 2019. For additional information, the statutory language for this law is available online at https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.305.htm#305.029.

New Itemization Threshold

Additionally, on December 14, 2018, the Texas Ethics Commission adopted an amendment to Texas Ethics Commission Rules §50.1, increasing the legislative per diem from $190 to $221. The detailed reporting threshold for food and beverages, entertainment, transportation, and lodging provided by Section 305.0061 of the Government Code is 60 percent of the legislative per diem. The detailed reporting threshold is therefore increased to $132.60 for these expenditures made on or after January 6, 2019. For additional information, please see the “Detailed Reporting” section of our guide titled “Lobbying in Texas - A Guide to the Texas Law” available on our website.

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