BILL ADDRESSES CITY ELECTED OFFICIALS ELIGIBILITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE
A bill that has been reported from a House committee and is now in the House Calendars Committee would provide that no person who holds a lucrative office in a political subdivision is eligible to serve in the legislature during the term for which the person is elected or appointed, even if the person resigns to run.
The bill (H.B. 957 by Swinford) defines a lucrative office as any office in which a person receives any salary, fee, or other compensation, no matter how small.
The bill is intended to clarify a series of conflicting court decisions that interpret Section 19, Article III, of the Texas Constitution, relating to eligibility of current office holders to serve in the legislature.