In 2015, the Texas Legislature adopted H.B. 1295, which added Section 2252.908 to the Government Code. The new law states that a city, among other entities, may not enter into certain contracts with a business entity unless the business entity submits a disclosure of interested parties. The law applies only to a city contract that either: (1) requires an action or vote by the city council before the contract may be signed; or (2) has a value of at least $1 million.
A business entity must use the Form 1295 filing application the Texas Ethics Commission created to enter the required information on Form 1295 and print a copy of the completed form. Once entered into the filing application, the completed form will include a unique certification number, called a “certification of filing.” An authorized agent of the business entity must sign the printed copy of the form affirming under the penalty of perjury that the completed form is true and correct. The completed, printed, and signed Form 1295 bearing the unique certification of filing number must be filed with the governmental body or state agency with which the business entity is entering into the contract.
To file Form 1295, please visit the Texas Ethics Commission web page here.
n 2017, the Texas Legislature adopted H.B. 89, which provides that a governmental entity, including a city, may not enter into a contract with a company for goods or services unless the contract contains a written verification from the company that it: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of the contract.
The City's written verification form can be found here.