In 2005, the Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 914, adding Chapter 176 to the Local Government Code. This imposed new disclosure and reporting obligations on vendors and potential vendors to local government entities beginning on January 1, 2006. This includes school districts.
The new law requires school board members and superintendents to file conflicts disclosure statements revealing certain relationships they may have with vendors doing business or seeking to do business with their school districts. It also mandates that trustees and superintendents report certain gifts received from current vendors and those seeking to become vendors.
The Texas Ethics Commission
adopted Forms CIS (for local government officers) and CIQ (for vendors) pursuant to HB 914. The Texas Ethics Commission does NOT have jurisdiction to interpret or enforce Chapter 176 of the Government Code, and these forms are NOT filed with the commission.