SB 548

86(R) - 2019
Senate State Affairs
Senate State Affairs
General Investigating & Ethics

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Brian Birdwell
Paul Bettencourt
Donna Campbell
Brandon Creighton
Pete Flores
Bob Hall
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Jose Menendez
Jane Nelson
Angela Paxton
Charles Perry
José Rodríguez
Charles Schwertner
Royce West
John Whitmire


Robert Nichols

Bill Caption

Relating to complaints filed with and certain other filings submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 548 would add that it is a defense to prosecution or imposition of a civil penalty in a matter before the Texas Ethics Commission if the respondent requested a written advisory opinion from the Texas Ethics Commission and did not get an opinion within the time prescribed by law. Other provisions of this bill are largely procedural and relate to dismissal of a complaint following corrected information that remedies the alleged violation, as well as preliminary review procedures.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill supports limited government and individual liberty by providing transparency and strengthening due process in matters before the Texas Ethics Commission. For these reasons we support SB 548.