Sec. 115.0022: Training for Committee Members

(a) A person who is appointed to and qualifies for office as a member of the committee may not vote, deliberate, or be counted as a member in attendance at a meeting of the committee until the person completes a training program that complies with this section.

(b) The training program must provide the person with information regarding:

(1) the legislation that created the committee;

(2) the programs operated by the committee;

(3) the role and functions of the committee;

(4) any relevant rules of the committee;

(5) the current budget for the committee;

(6) the results of the most recent formal audit of the committee;

(7) the requirements of:

(A) the open meetings law, Chapter 551, Government Code;

(B) the public information law, Chapter 552, Government Code;

(C) the administrative procedure law, Chapter 2001, Government Code; and

(D) other laws relating to public officials, including conflict of interest laws; and

(8) any applicable ethics policies adopted by the committee or the Texas Ethics Commission.

(c) A person appointed to the committee 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.


Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 37, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.