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Texas Ethics Commission Advisory Opinions
State Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC) Opinions
The State Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC) was a state agency created in 1983 and abolished in 1991. SEAC had authority to issue ethics advisory opinions regarding certain state ethics laws, including standards of conduct, campaign finance, lobbying, and certain Penal Code provisions. In issuing an advisory opinion, the Texas Ethics Commission shall consider the opinions issued by SEAC that are not overruled by a statute or Texas Ethics Commission rule.