Information for Lobbyists

Official Code of Ethics & Complaint Rules & Procedures

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The purpose of this Code of Ethics is to promote integrity, transparency, and trust with respect to the practices of Montgomery County.

Code of Ethics Training

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All County Officers and high level personnel must oversee compliance with the Code of Ethics.

File an Ethics Complaint

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Any individual 18 years of age or older who has a good faith belief based on personal knowledge that a violation of the Ethics Code has occurred may submit a complaint

Information for Lobbyists

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Lobbyists must first register with Human Resources and receive a registration card before communications are permitted with any County official or department head about any Official Matter.

Information for Lobbyists

Lobbyist Notice

Pursuant to section V of the Montgomery County Code of Ethics, all lobbyists must first register with the Montgomery County Human Resources Department and receive a registration card before communications are permitted with any County official or department head about any Official Matter.  Registrations expire annually on December 31.

An Official Matter is defined as “a contract, bid, award, appointment, regulation, court order, resolution, recommendation, or any other action on a public policy issue of a discretionary nature pending before County Commissioners Court or any County board or commission.  Pending means currently under consideration or posted for consideration or action.”  Montgomery County Code of Ethics, section III.12.

Montgomery County Lobbyist Registration Form
Pursuant to Section III.8 of the Montgomery County Code of Ethics, “Lobbyist” means ” [a]ny individual (a) who is employed or retained to conduct lobbying activities for financial or other compensation; and (b) whose lobbying activities constitute 26 hours or more of their service time during and 3 month period; OR (c) an individual otherwise currently registered or registered within the previous two year period as a lobbyist with any other jurisdiction, whether local, state of federal….READ MORE

Texas Ethics Commission Conflict of Interest Questionnaire
This questionnaire is being filed in accordance with Chapter 176, Local Government Code, by a vendor who has a business relationship as defined by Section 176.001(1-a) with a local governmental entity and the vendor meets requirements under Section 176.006(a). By law this questionnaire must be filed with the records administrator of the local governmental entity not later than the 7th business day after the date the vendor becomes aware of facts that require the statement to be filed. See Section 176.006(a-1), Local Government Code. A vendor commits an offense if the vendor knowingly violates Section 176.006, Local Government Code. An offense under this section is a misdemeanor…READ MORE

Texas Ethics Commission Local Government Officer Conflicts Disclosure Statement
Section 176.003 of the Local Government Code requires certain local government officers to file this form. A “local government officer” is defined as a member of the governing body of a local governmental entity; a director, superintendent, administrator, president, or other person designated as the executive officer of a local governmental entity; or an agent of a local governmental entity who exercises discretion in the planning, recommending, selecting, or contracting of a vendor. This form is required to be filed with the records administrator of the local governmental entity not later than 5 p.m. on the seventh business day after the date on which the officer becomes aware of the facts that require the filing of this statement. A local government officer commits an offense if the officer knowingly violates Section 176.003, Local Government Code. An offense under this section is a misdemeanor. Refer to chapter 176 of the Local Government Code for detailed information regarding the requirement to file this form….READ MORE

Montgomery County Ethics Training Program
The Purchasing Department will provide a copy of the Montgomery County Code of Ethics (“Code of Ethics” or “Code”) to each lobbyist prior to engagement and require the lobbyist to provide the county with a signed acknowledgement indicating that he/she reviewed the code and understands its terms…READ MORE

Montgomery County Attorney Office

Montgomery County Attorney Office