March 19, 2019
Last week we registered support for two bills, HB 1876 and HB 1877, both by Rep. Sarah Davis. Both are omnibus bills which incorporate several laws passed by the House last session, but not the Senate. They each contain provisions which refer to campaign finance laws. Thanks to the Texas Ethics Commission for recommending these bills and providing summaries.
In HB 1876 - expands the blackout period for political contributions that exist for the regular legislative session to also apply to special sessions.
In HB 1877 - allows corporations and labor organizations to make political contributions to certain political committees; extends the existing prohibition of using public funds to make political contributions to include an officer or employee with a political subdivision; removes unconstitutional regulations on contributions to Speaker of the House campaigns.