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AUSTIN, TEXAS 78711
JOHN I. HILL
A~ORN OWRNERA L
October 12, 1977
Honorable Ben Z. Grant Opinion No. H-1070
Chairman, Judiciary Committee
Texas House of Representatives Re: Validity of financial
P. O. Box 2910 disclosure ordinance apply-
Austin, Texas 78769 ing to officials and candi-
dates in a home rule city.
Dear Chairman Grant:
You have submitted to us a proposed financial disclosure
ordinance and asked whether it would, if enacted by a home
rule city, conform to various provisions of state and federal
law. The proposed ordinance would require the mayor, city
council members, the city manager and other specified high
ranking city officials and candidates for city office to file
an annual statement reflecting the official's financial status
and financial activity during the reporting period. The fi-
nancial statement would include a list of all sources of in-
come over $1,000 received by the official or family members,
identification of all business entities in which the official
is significantly interested and certain customers of that
entity, a listing of real property owned within the city, a
list of all debts owed or notes held of over $10,000, a list
of certain gifts received, identification of any financial
interest in or transaction with a city franchise holder, and
a portion of the official's income tax return.
We have recently considered the authority of a home rule
city to require its officials to file a financial disclosure
statement as a condition of holding office. Attorney General
Opinion H-969 (1977) concluded that a home rule city is autho-
rized to require such disclosure, so long as the disclosure
ordinance is not inconsistent with the city's charter or state
You ask if the proposed ordinance would conflict with
state law because its disclosure provisions are more exten-
sive than those of article 6252-9b, V.T.C.S. Article 6252-9b
applies only to state officers and employees, and we do not
believe it either explicitly or implicitly restricts the
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