Tex. Local Gov't Code Section 161.101
General Powers


(a)

The commission shall adopt, publish, and enforce an ethics code governing county public servants.

(b)

The commission may adopt or use as a guide any ethics law or rule of the United States, this state, or a political subdivision in this state to the extent that the law or rule promotes the purposes of this chapter and serves the needs of the county. For purposes of Section 161.002 (Definitions)(9), in determining the applicable amount of compensation of a person who communicates directly with a county officer or employee to influence official action and engages in such communication as part of the person’s regular employment, the commission shall adopt rules that are substantially similar to the rules or interpretations of the Texas Ethics Commission under Chapter 305 (Registration of Lobbyists), Government Code, to calculate the compensation.

(c)

The commission may adopt bylaws, rules, forms, policies, or procedures to assist in the administration of the commission’s duties under this chapter. The commission may be guided by Robert’s Rules of Order to the extent that it does not conflict with the constitution and laws of the United States and this state or conflict with other guidelines adopted by the commission.

(d)

The commission shall be assigned staff by the county and provided access to county resources to assist in its duties.

(e)

The commission shall develop and implement policies that provide the public with information on the commission and the ethics code.

(f)

The commission shall enforce the provisions of the ethics code by issuing appropriate orders or recommendations or by imposing appropriate penalties.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 799 (S.B. 1368), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Source: Section 161.101 — General Powers, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/LG/htm/LG.­161.­htm#161.­101 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

161.001
Applicability of Chapter
161.002
Definitions
161.003
Conflict with Civil Service Agreement
161.051
Creation of Commission by Order
161.052
Creation of Commission by Election
161.053
Ballot
161.054
Result of Election
161.055
Appointment of Commission
161.056
Eligibility
161.057
Terms
161.058
Vacancies
161.059
Meetings
161.060
Removal of Commission Member
161.061
Legal Representation
161.101
General Powers
161.102
Advisory Opinions
161.103
Public Interest Information
161.104
Commission Member Education and Training
161.105
Education and Training for Persons Covered by Ethics Code
161.106
Certain Discussions of Pending Complaints Prohibited
161.107
Disclosure of Certain Contracts
161.151
Definitions
161.152
Complaint Procedures and Hearings
161.153
Hearings and Settlement
161.154
Categorization of Violations
161.155
Filing of Complaint
161.156
Processing of Complaint
161.157
Retaliation Against County Employee Reporting Violation of Ethics Code Prohibited
161.158
Preliminary Review: Initiation
161.159
Preliminary Review: Response by Respondent
161.160
Preliminary Review: Written Questions
161.161
Preliminary Review and Preliminary Review Procedures
161.162
Preliminary Review Hearing: Procedure
161.163
Preliminary Review Hearing: Resolution
161.164
Formal Hearing: Standard of Evidence
161.165
Formal Hearing: Subpoenas and Witnesses
161.166
Formal Hearing: Procedure
161.167
Formal Hearing: Resolution
161.168
Status of Complaint
161.169
Extension of Deadline
161.170
Subpoena
161.171
Status of Complainant
161.172
Applicability of Other Acts
161.173
Confidentiality
161.174
Availability of Commission Orders on Internet
161.201
Order
161.202
Civil Penalty for Delay or Violation
161.203
Waiver or Reduction of Penalty
161.204
Notification of Regulatory or Supervisory Entity
161.205
Civil Penalty for Frivolous or Bad-faith Complaint
161.206
Factors Considered for Assessment of Sanction
161.207
Appeals
161.208
Delivery of Record to Reviewing Court
161.209
Cost of Preparing Commission Record
161.210
Collections
161.301
Petition for Dissolution of Commission
161.302
Dissolution Election
161.303
Dissolution of Commission
161.304
Saving Provisions
161.0591
Chair
161.1551
Standing Preliminary Review Committee

Accessed:
Jun. 5, 2024

§ 161.101’s source at texas​.gov