A person who is appointed to and qualifies for office as a member of the commission may not vote, deliberate, or be counted as a member in attendance at a meeting of the commission until the person completes a training program that complies with this section.
The training program must provide the person with information regarding:
the law governing commission operations;
the programs, functions, rules, and budget of the commission;
the scope of and limitations on the rulemaking authority of the commission;
the types of commission rules, interpretations, and enforcement actions that may implicate federal antitrust law by limiting competition or impacting prices charged by persons engaged in a profession or business the commission regulates, including any rule, interpretation, or enforcement action that:
regulates the scope of practice of persons in a profession or business the commission regulates;
restricts advertising by persons in a profession or business the commission regulates;
affects the price of goods or services provided by persons in a profession or business the commission regulates; or
restricts participation in a profession or business the commission regulates;
the results of the most recent formal audit of the commission;
the requirements of:
laws relating to open meetings, public information, administrative procedure, and disclosure of conflicts of interest; and
other laws applicable to members of a state policymaking body in performing their duties; and
any applicable ethics policies adopted by the commission or the Texas Ethics Commission.
A person appointed to the commission is entitled to reimbursement, as provided by the General Appropriations Act, for the travel expenses incurred in attending the training program regardless of whether the attendance at the program occurs before or after the person qualifies for office.
The executive director of the commission shall create a training manual that includes the information required by Subsection (b). The executive director shall distribute a copy of the training manual annually to each member of the commission. Each member of the commission shall sign and submit to the executive director a statement acknowledging that the member received and has reviewed the training manual.Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1411 (S.B. 914), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2007.Amended by:Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1333 (S.B. 1000), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 334 (S.B. 624), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2019.