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Commission Rules

The commission rules are offered in PDF format.


Variable Reporting Thresholds

Section 571.064(b) of the Government Code requires the Commission to annually adjust reporting thresholds upward to the nearest multiple of $10 in accordance with the percentage increase for the previous year in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor. The laws under the Commission’s authority that include reporting thresholds are Title 15 of the Election Code (campaign finance law), Chapter 305 of the Government Code (lobby law), Chapter 572 of the Government Code (personal financial statements), and Chapters 302 and 303 of the Government Code (speaker election, governor for a day, and speaker’s reunion day ceremony reports). The Annual Thresholds Table contains the history of these adjustments since 2019.

Annual Threshold Table: PDF

Annual thresholds are effective January 1st of each calendar year.

NOTE for Personal Financial Statement (PFS) filers: PFS reports cover the previous calendar year. PFS filers must be careful to select the thresholds that are in effect for that previous calendar year, not the current year.

Adopted Rules

Information regarding new, amended, and repealed rules adopted by the Ethics Commission is available below, arranged by the year of adoption.


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Proposed Rules

The Commission proposes rules to implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy. Also, any interested person by petition to the Commission may request the adoption of a rule. Within 60 days, the Commission will deny the petition and state the reasons for denial, or the Commission will initiate rulemaking. The Commission will give at least 30 days’ notice of its intention to adopt a rule, and the proposed rule will be published in the Texas Register with the text and an explanation of the proposed rule. The Commission will mail notice of a proposed rule to each person who makes a timely written request. The Commission will then take public comments on a proposed rule.

Information regarding proposed rules is available below, listed by the year of proposal.


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Seeking Comments


The Commission invites public comment on new rule proposals. A written statement should be emailed to public_comment@ethics.state.tx.us, or mailed or delivered to J.R. Johnson, Texas Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 12070, Austin, Texas 78711-2070. A person who wants to offer spoken comments to the Commission concerning a proposed rule may do so during the public comment period at any Commission meeting when the Commission considers the proposed rule.

Information concerning the time and location of Commission meetings is available at our website, https://www.ethics.state.tx.us.