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2020 Rule Adoptions

Date Adopted Effective Date Section Rule Title Keywords
December
12/02/2020 01/01/2021 18.23 Administrative Waiver of Fine Reports; late fines; waiver; administrative review
12/02/2020 01/01/2021 18.24 General Guidelines for Other Administrative Waiver or Reduction of Fine Reports; late fines; waiver; reduction; administrative review
June
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.1 Definitions Advisory Opinions; definitions
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.3 Subject of an Advisory Opinion Advisory Opinions; subject
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.5 Persons Eligible to Receive an Advisory Opinion Advisory Opinions; eligibility to receive
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.7 Request for an Advisory Opinion Advisory Opinions; request contents
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.11 Review and Processing of a Request Advisory Opinions; review; processing
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.13 Time Period Advisory Opinions; time to respond
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.15 Publication in Texas Register; Comments Advisory Opinions; publication in Texas Register; public comment
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.17 Request Answered by Letter Response Advisory Opinions; written response
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.18 No Defense to Prosecution or Civil Penalty Advisory Opinions; defense to prosecution; civil penalty
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 8.19 Confidentiality Advisory Opinions; confidentiality
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 12.29 Subpoenas Sworn Complaints; subpoenas; issued by Commission
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 12.30 Subpoenas Issued by Counsel for the Respondent Sworn Complaints; subpoenas; issued by counsel for Respondent
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 12.34 Agreed Orders Sworn Complaints; agreed orders
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 12.83 Preliminary Review Sworn Complaints; preliminary review; written questions; subpoenas; settlement proposal
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 12.84 Notice of Preliminary Review Hearing Sworn Complaints; preliminary review; notice; witnesses; exhibits; legal authority; factual statement
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 20.1 Definitions Definitions; hybrid committee; direct campaign expenditure-only committee
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 22.35 Corporate Contributions to Certain Political Committees Corporate contribution; labor organization contribution; hybrid PAC; direct campaign expenditure-only PAC; separate bank account
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 24.18 Designation of Contribution for Administrative Purposes Contribution; administrative purposes; direct campaign expenditure; separate bank account
06/19/2020 07/13/2020 24.19 Affidavit Required by a Political Committee Making a Direct Campaign Expenditure from a Political Contribution Accepted from a Corporation or Labor Organization Hybrid PAC; direct campaign expenditure; affidavit; corporate contribution; labor organization contribution
February
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 12.86 Motions for Continuance Sworn complaint; preliminary review; investigation; continuance
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 12.174 Summary Disposition Sworn complaint; formal hearing; summary disposition
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 18.9 Corrected/Amended Reports Corrected/amended reports; correction; semiannual; 8-day
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 18.10 Guidelines for Substantial Compliance for a Corrected/Amended 8-day Pre-election Report Corrected/amended reports; correction; substantial compliance; 8-day
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 18.11 Guidelines for Waiver or Reduction of a Late Fine for a Corrected/Amended 8-day Pre-election Report Corrected/amended reports; correction; fine waiver or reduction; 8-day
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 20.1 Definitions. (Partial Repeal) Repeal of definitions for direct campaign expenditure; in-kind contribution and political committee
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 22.5 Contributions to Direct Campaign Expenditure Only Committees. (Repeal) Contributions to direct campaign expenditure only political action committee
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 22.6 Reporting Direct Campaign Expenditures. (Partial Repeal) Direct campaign expenditures; reporting
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 22.33 Expenditure Limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act. (Repeal) Judicial Campaign Fairness Act; expenditure limits
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 27.1 Applicability. (Repeal) Judicial Campaign Fairness Act; applicability
02/28/2020 03/30/2020 27.101 When a Declaration of Compliance or Declaration of Intent Is Required. (Repeal) Judicial Campaign Fairness Act; declaration of compliance or intent

2019 Rule Adoptions

Date Adopted Effective Date Section Rule Title Keywords
November
11/21/2019 12/26/2019 18.21 Jurisdiction to Consider Waiver Request Filer; late report; waiver; late report; correction; fine
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 18.31 Adjustments to Reporting Thresholds Reporting thresholds; adjustments; campaign finance; personal financial disclosure; lobbying
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.62 Reporting Staff Reimbursement Campaign finance report; staff reimbursement; expenditures; personal funds
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.65 Reporting No Activity Campaign finance report; no activity
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.217 Modified Reporting Campaign treasurer appointment; candidates; modified reporting; pre-election reports; runoff reports
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.219 Content of Candidate’s Sworn Report of Contributions and Expenditures Campaign finance reports; candidates; contributions; expenditures; loans; pledges; assets; gains; investments
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.220 Additional Disclosure for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Comptroller; SPAC; vendor; contributions
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.221 Special Pre-Election Report by Certain Candidates Special pre-election reports; daily reports; candidates; contributions
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.275 Exception from Filing Requirement for Certain Local Officeholders

Local officeholder; campaign finance report; contributions; expenditures

11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.279 Contents of Officeholder’s Sworn Report of Contributions and Expenditures Campaign finance reports; officeholders; contributions; expenditures; loans; pledges; assets; gains; investments
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.301 Thresholds for Campaign Treasurer Appointment SPAC; specific purpose political action committee; treasurer appointment; contributions; expenditures
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.303 Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer SPAC; specific purpose political action committee; treasurer appointment
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.313 Converting to a General-Purpose Committee SPAC; specific purpose political action committee; GPAC; general purpose political action committee; converting; conversion
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.329 Modified Reporting SPAC; specific purpose political action committee; modified reporting; contributions; expenditures
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.331 Contents of Specific-Purpose Committee Sworn Report of Contributions and Expenditures Campaign finance reports; SPAC; specific purpose political action committee; contributions; expenditures; loans; pledges; assets; gains; investments
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.333 Special Pre-Election Report by Certain Specific-Purpose Committees Special pre-election reports; daily reports; SPAC; specific purpose political action committee; contributions
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.401 Thresholds for Appointment of Campaign Treasurer by a General-Purpose Committee GPAC; general purpose political action committee; treasurer appointment; contributions; expenditures
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.405 Campaign Treasurer Appointment for a General-Purpose Political Committee GPAC; general purpose political action committee; treasurer appointment
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.431 Monthly Reporting GPAC; general purpose political action committee; monthly filing; MPAC
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.433 Contents of General-Purpose Committee Sworn Report of Contributions and Expenditures Campaign finance reports; GPAC; general purpose political action committee; monthly filing; MPAC; contributions; expenditures; loans; pledges; assets; gains; investments
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.434 Alternate Reporting Requirements for General-Purpose Committees GPAC; general purpose political action committee; monthly filing; MPAC; alternate reporting requirements; contributions maintained
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.435 Special Pre-Election Report by Certain General-Purpose Committees Special pre-election reports; daily reports; GPAC; general purpose political action committee; contributions; expenditures
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.553 Campaign Treasurer Appointment Not Required for County Executive Committee Accepting Contributions or Making Expenditures under Certain Amount County executive committee; CEC; campaign treasurer appointment; contributions expenditures; under threshold
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 20.555 County Executive Committee Accepting Contributions or Making Expenditures that Exceed Certain Amount County executive committee; CEC; campaign treasurer appointment; contributions expenditures; exceed threshold
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 22.1 Certain Campaign Treasurer Appointments Required before Political Activity Begins County executive committee; CEC; campaign treasurer appointment; contributions expenditures; exceed threshold
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 22.6 Reporting Direct Campaign Expenditures Direct campaign expenditures; campaign finance report; person
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 22.7 Contribution from Out-of-State Committee Out-of-state committee; contributions; candidate; officeholder; political committee
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 34.41 Expenditure Threshold Lobbyist; expenditure threshold; registration
11/21/2019 01/01/2020 34.43 Compensation and Reimbursement Threshold Lobbyist; contribution threshold; registration
March
3/22/2019 4/25/2019 16.12 Facial Review of Total Amount of Political Contributions Maintained Facial compliance review
3/22/2019 1/1/2020 20.222 Adjustments to Reporting Thresholds Reporting thresholds; section 571.064 of the Government Code
3/22/2019 4/25/2019 24.18 Designation of Contribution for Administrative Purposes Designate a corporate expenditure; establishment; administration; maintenance; or operation of a general-purpose committee
3/22/2019 1/1/2020 34.77 Disclosure of Registration under Foreign Agents Registration Act Foreign Agents Registration Act; registration number

2018 Rule Adoptions

Date Adopted Effective Date Section Rule Title Keywords
December
12/14/2018 1/6/2019 12.35 Frivolous Complaint Show cause hearing
12/14/2018 1/6/2019 26.1 Disclosure Statement Political advertising; Internet website; social media profile webpage
12/14/2018 1/6/2019 50.1 Legislative Per Diem Per diem
October
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.1 Definitions Facial compliance review; audit; compliance review report; deficiency; report
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.2 Random Selection Facial compliance review; randomly selected
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.3 Corrected or Amended Report Filed During a Facial Compliance Review; Late Fines Facial compliance review; late fines
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.4 Additional Documents and Information Submitted in Response to a Facial Compliance Review; Timeliness Facial compliance review; documentation and other information
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.5 Commission Initiated Preliminary Review or Audit Resulting from a Facial Compliance Review Preliminary review; audit; facial compliance review
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.6 Notice of Audit of Report Notice; audit
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.7 Supporting Documentation in Response to Audit; Timeliness Supporting documentation; audit
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.8 Complete Audit Report Complete audit report; opportunity to confer and object
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.9 Representation by Attorney Represented by an attorney; letter of representation
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.10 Extension of Deadlines Executive director; extend all deadlines
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 16.11 Waiver of Delivery by Certified Mail Waive the right; receive written notices
10/3/2018 11/11/2018 18.7 Timely Reports and Complete Reports Report filed electronically; not late; office is closed; agency filing system is not accessible
June
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.13 Representation by Counsel Proceeding of a complaint; counsel; not licensed to practice law in Texas
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.31 Conduct and Decorum Participants at a hearing; guidelines of decorum; warning; sanctioning a party
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.33 Sanctioning Authority Sanctions against a party
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.53 Commission Initiated Complaint Commission initiated preliminary review
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.83 Preliminary Review Preliminary review; sworn complaint
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.101 Application and Construction Formal hearing; Administrative Procedure Act
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.102 Order of Formal Hearing Formal hearing; decision to order the hearing
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.121 Prehearing Conferences Prehearing conferences; formal hearing
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.123 Scheduling Orders Deadlines; formal hearing
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.125 Filing of Documents Motions; responses; other documents
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.127 Service of Documents Service on all parties
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.131 Powers and Duties of the Presiding Officer Presiding officer's authority and duties
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.133 Orders from the Commission Orders; rulings
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.151 Required Form of Pleadings Formal hearing; content
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.153 Motions, Generally Written motion; basis; certificate of conference
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.155 Motions for Continuance and to Extend Time Contents; motion for continuance; motion to extend time
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.161 Time Allotted to Parties Time allotted to each party
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.163 Presentation of Evidence Presentation during the formal hearing; opening statements
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.165 Rules of Evidence Texas Rules of Evidence; formal hearing
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.167 Numbering of Exhibits Exhibit to be offered
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.171 Standard of Proof Formal hearing; preponderance of the evidence
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.173 Default Proceedings Fails to appear; default basis
6/27/2018 8/7/2018 12.175 Resolution of Formal Hearing Deliberate; resolution; final order
March
3/28/2018 5/3/2018 6.1 Definitions Judicial office; non-judicial office
3/28/2018 5/3/2018 12.36 Assessment of Civil Penalty Civil penalty; §571.177 of the Government Code
3/28/2018 5/3/2018 12.87 Resolution of Preliminary Review Hearing Proposed resolution
3/28/2018 5/3/2018 18.27 Sworn Complaints Sworn complaints; fine amounts
3/28/2018 5/3/2018 20.5 Reports Filed with a County Filing Authority County clerk; county elections administrator; county tax assessor-collector
3/28/2018 5/3/2018 20.33 Termination of Campaign Treasurer Appointment by Commission Terminate; campaign treasurer appointment; holds an office
3/28/2018 5/3/2018 27.1 Applicability Judicial Campaign Fairness Act
3/28/2018 5/3/2018 27.101 When a Declaration of Compliance or Declaration of Intent Is Required Declaration of compliance; declaration of intent; judicial office
January
1/31/2018 2/28/2018 12.21 Notice Notice of a hearing
1/31/2018 2/28/2018 12.28 Production of Documents During Preliminary Review Preliminary review; subpoena; written request; inspection of documents
1/31/2018 2/28/2018 12.84 Notice of Preliminary Review Hearing Notice; preliminary review hearing; reschedule
1/31/2018 2/28/2018 12.103 Notice of Formal Hearing Notice; formal hearing; reschedule

2017 Rule Adoptions

Date Adopted Effective Date Section Rule Title Keywords
November
11/13/2017 1/1/2018 12.87 Resolution of Preliminary Review Hearing Preliminary review hearing; proposed resolution; counter offer; formal hearing
11/13/2017 1/1/2018 12.85 Preliminary Review Hearing Preliminary review hearing; opening and closing statement
September
9/28/2017 1/1/2018 20.1 Definitions. Definitions; Vendor
9/28/2017 1/1/2018 20.56 Expenditures to Vendors. Expenditures; To Vendors
9/28/2017 1/1/2018 20.61 Purpose of Expenditure. Purpose of Expenditure; Expenditure; consulting; reporting separate expenditures; more than one type; good or service
July
7/11/2017 8/3/2017 12.81 "Technical, Clerical, or De Minimis Violations." Technical, Clerical or De Minimus Violations; non-incumbent usage of state seal; not otherwise misleading; failure to disclose; incomplete reports; corrected reports; GPAC; out-of-state PAC; principal occupation/job title
May
5/17/2017 6/12/2017 6.21 Officers of the Commission. Officers/Employees of the Commission; Election of; Presiding Officer Actions

2016 Rule Adoptions

Date Adopted Effective Date Section Rule Title Keywords
December
12/8/2016 1/1/2017 20.50. Total Political Contributions Maintained. Balance of political contributions accepted; held in online fundraising account; de minimis error difference
12/8/2016 1/1/2017 26.1. Disclosure Statement. political advertising; clearly spoken; does not include written text
12/8/2016 1/1/2017 34.43 Compensation and Reimbursement Threshold. preparatory activity; required to register; not more than 40 hours
12/8/2016 1/1/2017 46.4. Changes to Contracts. application of Section 2252.908 Government Code; requires an action or vote by the governing body; value of changed contract at least $1 million; disclosure of interested parties; greater value of changed contract
October
10/14/2016 11/7/2016 20.60 Reporting Political Expenditures for Processing Fees. multiple political expenditures; single payee; itemization; time of making expenditure
August
8/15/2016 9/7/2016 40.11 Publicly Traded Corporation as Source of Income over $500. Section 572.023(b)4; Government Code; publicly-traded corporation; source of income; disclosure of full name; category of the amount of income
June
6/1/2016 6/22/2016 8.7. Request for an Advisory Opinion. sufficient detail of the request; must include name of requestor; name on behalf
6/1/2016 6/22/2016 20.1. Definitions. Definition; school district; includes junior college district; includes community college district
6/1/2016 6/22/2016 34.5. Certain Compensation Excluded. registration threshold; calculating; compensation received; disclosure of activity
6/1/2016 6/22/2016 34.14. Expenditures for Fact-Finding Trips. Disclosure requirements; purpose; transportation or lodging; description required; fact-finding trip; legislative or executive branch; member
6/1/2016 6/22/2016 46.3 Definitions. Contract; publicly-held business; intermediary; controlling interest; signed; value; of a contract
6/1/2016 6/22/2016 46.5. Disclosure of Interested Parties Form. 30th day after the date; governmental entity; state agency; receipt of disclosure; notify the commission; interested parties form
April
4/8/2016 5/3/2016 12.53 Commission Initiated Complaint. Processing; commission initiated preliminated review or motion; production of evidence
4/8/2016 5/3/2016 20.3 Reports Filed with the Commission. issuance of bonds by school district; specific-purpose committee; support or oppose school bond measure
4/8/2016 5/3/2016 20.7 Reports Filed with Other Local Filing Authority. campaign treasurer appointment; file-stamped copy filed with the commission; school bond measures; specific-purpose committee;
4/8/2016 5/3/2016 20.315 Termination of Campaign Treasurer Appointment. school bond measures; SPAC; file campaign treasurer appointment with secretary; dissolution report filed with commission
4/8/2016 5/3/2016 34.1. Definitions. Independent contractor
4/8/2016 5/2/2016 46.3. Definitions. intermediary; interested party; definitions
4/8/2016 5/3/2016 34.46 Registration under § 305.0041 of the Government Code. Section 305.0041; registration; requirement; deleted
4/8/2016 5/3/2016 34.73. Reporting by Independent Contractor. reporting by independent contractor; disclosure of purchasing decisions; disclosure; deleted

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