Conflict of Interest Disclosure Requirements
Beginning January 1, 2006, new conflict-of-interest disclosure requirements passed by the 79th Texas Legislature in House Bill 914 (HB 914) became effective. The new law applies to "local government officers" at school districts, junior colleges, and other political subdivisions and requires an officer to file a conflicts disclosure statement revealing certain relationships with vendors and gifts received from vendors. For school districts, "local government officers" who are subject to the new law include board members and superintendents.
As of January 1, 2006, potential vendors will have to complete a conflict-of-interest questionnaire to disclose certain relationships between the vendor and district officers, including "affiliations or business relationships that might cause a conflict of interest."