Bill

SB 1569

86(R) - 2019
Senate State Affairs
Senate State Affairs

Contact the Author

Pat Fallon

Phone:

512-463-0130

Capitol Office:

GE.7

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive

Author(s)

Pat Fallon

Bill Caption

Relating to the use of public money and resources by employees of an independent school district to distribute a communication that advocates for or against a political measure, candidate, or other matter; creating a criminal offense.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 1569 would prohibit members of the board of trustees, employees, and contractors (rather than just board members) from using state or local funds for promoting any candidate, measure, political party, political philosophy or public interest. This includes communications in support of or against bonds or candidates issued during work hours and using district equipment.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports SB 1569 on the basis of limited government, private property, and individual liberty. Tax dollars should not be used to promote political purposes because it advocates for causes with which taxpayers may not agree. This bill closes a loophole that previously allowed districts to circumvent this prohibition on the use of public funds for these purposes.

Contact the Author

Pat Fallon

Phone:

512-463-0130

Capitol Office:

GE.7

Email: