EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of five blog posts that examine the City of College Station’s nine proposed charter amendments that appear on the November election ballot. The charter is the city’s governing document.
Amendment No. 8 deals with the conflict of interest provisions in the charter. Click on the proposition name to see the actual changes that would be made to the charter language if voters approve the proposition.
FOR/AGAINST: Shall the language in Article XII (General Provisions), Section 115 (Personal Interest) of the College Station City Charter be replaced with language providing that members of City Council and any officer or employee of the City shall comply with state law pertaining to conflicts of interest of local government officials, including TEXAS LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE, Chapter 171?
What does it mean?
- Amendment No. 8 would completely replace the current charter language regarding conflict of interest with language that requires the city council and city employees to comply with state conflict of interest laws, including the Texas Local Government Code.
On Thursday, we looked at Amendments No. 6 and No. 7, which would affect public franchises. We’ll conclude the blog series on Saturday with Proposition No. 9 (gender neutrality) and No. 4 (oath office).
Scroll to the bottom of the ballot!
When you vote Nov. 6, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the ballot to vote in your local elections. A straight party vote will not select local choices that directly affect your community.
For more information on these or the other proposed charter amendments, go to cstx.gov/elections or brazosvotes.org, where you’ll also find information about polling places, early voting and absentee ballots.
- Texas Conflict of Interest Laws Made Easy (Texas Attorney General’s Office)
- City Blog: Two charter amendments focus on city franchises (City Blog, Oct. 25, 2012)
- City Blog: Amendments No. 2, No. 5 address language, processes (City Blog, Oct. 24, 2012)
- City Blog: Two proposed charter amendments would affect recall (City Blog, Oct. 23, 2012)
- City Blog: A closer look at the proposed city charter amendments (City Blog, Oct. 22, 2012)
- Conflict of interest policy among 9 charter amendments on ballot (The Eagle, Oct. 22, 2012)
- Proposed CS Charter Change Defining Council Conflict of Interest (WTAW, July 30, 2012)
- What CS Voters Will Consider to Change Charter Gets Council Approval (July 27, 2012)
- Changes to College Station Charter (YouTube, July 24, 2012)
- College Station City Charter
- Charter Review Advisory Committee