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Proposed Amendments to the Ethics Code - 2002

   

Part, Section Amendment Disposition
Part A: 
Declaration 
of Policy
Section 2
Definitions
(d) Before the City. Representation or appearance “before the city” means before the City Council; before a board, commission, or other city entity; or before a city official or employee. Representation “before the City” does not include representation before a board where members of said board are not wholly appointed by the City Council. Pending: ERB recommends passage
Part A: Declaration of Policy
Section 2 Definitions
(m) Discretionary Contract. “Discretionary contract” means any contract other than those which by law must be awarded on a low or high qualified bid basis. Discretionary contracts do not include those contracts subject to Section 252.022(a)(7) of the Texas Local Government Code or those contracts not involving an exercise of judgment or choice. Pending: ERB recommends passage
Part A: Declaration of Policy
Section 2 Definitions
(u) Official. …Members of all boards, commissions (except the Youth Commission whose members are minors), committees and other bodies created by the City Council pursuant to federal or state law or city ordinance, including entities that may be advisory only in nature; and board members of any entity, including TIF boards, who are appointed by the City Council to such board membership.  Pending: ERB recommends passage
Part B: Present City Officials and Employees
Section 2 – Unfair Advancement of Private Interest
(a) General Rule. A city official or employee may not use his or her official position… A City official, making representations to a prospective client regarding the official’s position on a City Board or Commission, stating that may provide an advantage to that client, depending upon the representation, may be a violation of this rule. Pending: ERB recommends passage
Part E: Lobbyists
Section 3 – Exceptions
(b) Mobilizing Entity Constituents and Not for Profit Organizations. A person whose only lobbying activity is to encourage or solicit the members, employees, or owners (including shareholders) of an entity by whom the person is compensated to communicate directly with one or more city officials to influence municipal questions. This exception is intended to apply to neighborhood associations and other similar not-for-profit organizations. Pending: ERB recommends passage
Part E: Lobbyists
Section 7 – Identification of Clients
(b) Oral Lobbying Contacts. Any person who makes an oral lobbying contact with an official shall, on the request of the official at the time of the lobbying contact, state whether the person is registered under Part E (Lobbyists) and identify the client or clients on whose behalf the lobbying contact is made and identify himself or herself as a registered lobbyist. Pending: ERB recommends passage
Part G: Financial Disclosure
Section 1 – Financial Disclosure Report
(a) Persons Required to File Disclosure Form. (1) City Officials and Designated City Employees. No later than thirty (30) days after accepting appointment or assuming the duties of office, and annually thereafter, the city officials defined in Section 2 of Part A (Definitions), Police Department Captains, Assistant Chiefs, and Deputy Chiefs, all appointed Deputy Fire Chiefs and appointed Assistant Fire Chiefs, and any Assistant Fire Chief who either works in the Fire Administration Building or any other division and is involved in having input to any contract, vehicle specification, or who is otherwise involved with the purchasing of any product, service, or land for the… Pending: ERB recommends passage
Part G: Financial Disclosure
Section 1 – Financial Disclosure Report
(c) Annual Filing Date. Annual financial disclosure reports filed by City officials who are City employees and by City employees who are required to report must be received by the City Clerk by 4:30 p.m. on the 31st day of January….

(1) Unforeseen Circumstances. In the event of an unforeseen circumstance, including, but not limited to, military service abroad or acute illness, the deadline for receipt by the City Clerk is extended until such time as the City official or employee resumes his City duties.
Pending: ERB recommends passage
Part G: Financial Disclosure
Section 2 – Contents of Financial Disclosure Report
(b) the name of any person related as parent, child (except a child who is a minor), or spouse to the reporting party; Pending: ERB recommends passage

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