- Published on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:42
What: Texas Ethics Commission Ethics Training Symposium
When: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14
Where: Tomás Rivera Conference Center, Union Building East, Room 308
The Texas Ethics Commission will hold its first ever Ethics Training Symposium at The University of Texas at El Paso.
Topics include gift and federal laws; the impact of Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission on Texas campaign finance law; campaign finance compliance; avoiding the 10 most common campaign finance mistakes; the prohibition on a political subdivision’s use of public funds and resources for political advertising; lobby law compliance for city, county and state; and personal financial statement reporting.
The symposium is possible as a result of additional funding appropriated by the Texas Legislature. The agency now has the resources to go out in the state and train individuals who file reports with the commission. The small agency of 32 employees was founded to promote confidence in government, governmental processes and elections by providing both transparency and accountability.
By educating individuals, such as candidates, officeholders, political committees, lobbyists, government employees and others about the laws and how to properly file reports, individuals and government employees are less likely to violate the law or make mistakes when filling out forms.
“The best method for ethics training is face to face,” said David A. Reisman, executive director of the Texas Ethics Commission. “Our commission wants to make both compliance with the laws and the reporting on campaign finance, lobby and personal financial statement forms better. This is our chance to meet those filers and officials – to train them and answer their questions on how to comply with the ethics laws and how to complete their reports in order to better and more accurately provide information and transparency.”
The Texas Ethics Commission chose El Paso for this first ever event in part because ethics are very important to the community, Reisman said. The commission was particularly drawn to the business and community environment that encourages, supports and promotes public confidence in government.
“We chose El Paso first because El Paso and its business and community leaders are as excited and enthusiastic as we are about promoting ethics and transparency,” said Reisman.
The symposium also offers up to 5.75 MCLE hours, which are minimum continuing legal education hours for those who practice law.
Registration is free. An online registration link and more information can be found at http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/tec/TrainingSymposium.html.