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  84R2755 ATP-D
 
  By: Simpson H.B. No. 1582
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the disclosure of all compensation paid to current or
  former elected officers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle A, Title 5, Government Code, is amended
  by adding Chapter 561 to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 561. DISCLOSURE OF COMPENSATION OF ELECTED OFFICER
         Sec. 561.001.  APPLICABILITY. This chapter applies to any
  governmental entity from whose budget an elected officer is
  compensated, including an agency of this state or a political
  subdivision of this state governed by one or more elected officers.
         Sec. 561.002.  INFORMATION ABOUT ALL COMPENSATION OF ELECTED
  OFFICER. (a) As soon as practicable after the end of the entity's
  fiscal year, each entity described by Section 561.001 shall
  disclose all forms of compensation for service in an official
  capacity received by each currently serving or former elected
  officer compensated by the entity during the preceding fiscal year
  in any form, regardless of whether that form of compensation is
  otherwise required to be disclosed under another law.
         (b)  For purposes of this section, compensation includes
  travel reimbursement, health care premiums, retirement benefits,
  and anything required to be reported by the recipient as income to
  the Internal Revenue Service.
         Sec. 561.003.  POSTING OF DISCLOSURES. (a)  Except as
  provided by Subsection (b), the governmental entity must post the
  disclosure required by Section 561.002 on the entity's Internet
  website, in a location easily accessible by the public. The
  disclosure must remain posted in a location easily accessible by
  the public until the second anniversary of the date the
  governmental entity posted the disclosure.
         (b)  The governing body of a political subdivision that does
  not maintain an Internet website shall post each disclosure in each
  location at which the political subdivision posts public notices
  regarding the political subdivision's budget. A disclosure
  described by this subsection shall remain accessible to the public
  after posting at the main office of the political subdivision until
  the second anniversary of the date the governing body posted the
  disclosure.
         SECTION 2.  Chapter 561, Government Code, as added by this
  Act, applies beginning September 1, 2015. This Act does not require
  the disclosure of compensation paid before that date.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.