GG(LEGAL) - RELATIONS WITH GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AND AUTHORITIES

Lobbying

Restrictions on Use of State Funds

Generally

  1. Lobbying expenses incurred by the recipient of the funds;
  2. A person or entity that is required to register with the Texas Ethics Commission under Government Code Chapter 305;
  3. Any partner, employee, employer, relative, contractor, consultant, or related entity of a person or entity described by item 2; or
  4. A person or entity that has been hired to represent associations or other entities for the purpose of affecting the outcome of legislation, agency rules, ordinances, or other government policies.

Gov't Code 556.0055(a)

To Employ Lobbyists

Gov't Code 556.005(a)–(b)

To Influence Passage or Defeat of a Measure

A state agency may not use appropriated money to attempt to influence the passage or defeat of a legislative measure. This restriction does not prohibit a state officer or employee from using state resources to provide public information or to provide information responsive to a request. A state employee who causes an employee to be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against for providing permitted information is subject to immediate termination of employment. Gov't Code 556.006–.007

To Compensate an Officer or Employee

A state agency may not use appropriated money to compensate a state officer or employee who violates Government Code 556.005 or 556.006(a) or who is subject to termination under Government Code 556.007. Gov't Code 556.008

Exception

Government Code Chapter 556 does not prohibit the payment of reasonable dues to an organization that represents student interests before the legislature or the U.S. Congress from that portion of mandatory student service fees that is allocated to the student government organization at an institution of higher education. A mandatory student service fee may not be used to influence the outcome of an election. Gov't Code 556.002(b)

Information on Restrictions

Disclosure and Itemization of Lobbying Expenditures

  1. The execution dates;
  2. The contract duration terms, including any extension options;
  3. The effective dates;
  4. The final amount of money the political subdivision paid in the previous fiscal year; and
  5. A list of all legislation advocated for, on, or against by all parties and subcontractors to the contract, including the position taken on each piece of legislation in the prior fiscal year.

Disclosure of Federal-Level Lobbyists

  1. The name of the consultant or consulting firm;
  2. The issue on which the consultant was hired to consult; and
  3. The amount of compensation paid or to be paid to the consultant under the contract.

Gov't Code 751.016

Dual Usage Educational Complex

Cybersecurity Training for Contractors

Gov't Code 2054.5192(a)–(d)

Verification of Completion

  1. Report the contractor's completion to the department; and
  2. Periodically review agency contracts to ensure compliance with this section.

Gov't Code 2054.5192(e)

North Central Texas College

GG(LEGAL)-LJC

UPDATE 37

DATE ISSUED: 12/16/2019